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Cancer Care at Saint Clare's Receives Approval with Commendation from the American College of Surgeons (ACOS)


05/13/2009

Three-Year Certification Awarded

As further validation of the effectiveness and comprehensive nature of its oncology program, Saint Clare’s Health System announced today that its oncology program, Cancer Care at Saint Clare’s, has been granted Three-Year Approval with Commendation by the American College of Surgeons (ACOS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) following a recent on-site visit and survey by representatives of the organization. This type of approval is given to programs, either new or established, that comply with all standards and receive a commendation rating for one or more standard.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.

“Saint Clare’s is widely recognized for its ability to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat cancer for patients in the northwest New Jersey region. This approval with commendation validates Saint Clare’s commitment to quality cancer care, with the individualized and compassionate focus which the community has come to expect from us,” says Leslie D. Hirsch, President and CEO of Saint Clare’s Health System. “Cancer Care at Saint Clare’s represents an advanced range of cancer services, supported by leading edge diagnostic and treatment technology, and driven by some of the most talented and recognized cancer specialists in the region.”

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) Approvals Program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs. These programs are concerned with prevention, early diagnosis, pretreatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support services, and end-of-life care.

A program receives Three-Year Approval with Commendation following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor, during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement).

The core functions of the CoC include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care, surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 quality standards, collecting standardized and quality data from approved facilities; and using outcomes data to develop effective educational interventions to improve outcomes at the national, state and local levels.

Cancer Care at Saint Clare’s offers radiation therapy; chemotherapy; surgical intervention; inpatient care; cancer screenings; diagnostic testing and imaging (PET/CT, digital mammography); lymphedema therapy; complementary medicine; educational and support services; genetic counseling; and hospice care through Compassionate Care Hospice.

“The hard work of our clinical professionals, cancer experts, and the support of our medical staff and employees, has allowed us to design a multi-disciplinary cancer treatment program that cares for our cancer patients and their families, all in the communities in which they live,” says James Bachman, Service Line Leader for Oncology Services at Saint Clare’s. “Gone are the days of travelling long distances or to major metropolitan locations for comprehensive cancer care. With Saint Clare’s advanced treatment is just around the corner.”

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