Trinity Health’s cancer care program has received renewed accreditation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC). The full, three-year approval follows an onsite survey by a team of cancer experts and an intensive review of the program’s overall performance.
Shane Jordan, director of Trinity’s CancerCare Center, says CoC accreditation is a voluntary recognition accorded only to cancer programs that demonstrate excellence in the delivery of care – including compliance with 34 quality care standards.
“CoC accreditation is a rigorous process,” Jordan said. “I couldn’t be prouder of our entire oncology team. Busy as they are, they participate in the accreditation process due to their strong commitment to our patients. It’s important to cancer patients because it assures them they’re receiving care that meets national standards; it’s important to us because it gives our team the feedback that’s so critical to our quality improvement efforts.”
Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer approved program assures that patients have access to the full spectrum of cancer services, including:
- Early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, and life-long follow-up
- Information on clinical trials, new treatments, and genetic counseling
- Patient-centered services that include psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life
- A cancer registry that contributes to the National Cancer Data Base
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its member includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons.