Trinity Health’s Cancer Care program has maintained its “Accreditation with Commendation” from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. The Trinity CancerCare Center was re-surveyed in April 2015, and once again received full accreditation with no areas of deficiency as well as commendation in five of the possible specific seven standards.
The history of the Commission on Cancer and standards for cancer care begins with the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). From its creation in 1913, the ACoS has focused on improving the care of the surgical patient through the advancement of surgical skills and physician education. The initial work was focused on establishing “cancer clinics” within hospitals where patients could expect to receive consistent diagnostic and cancer treatment services. By 1933, 140 clinics had gained accreditation. Since accreditation of this initial group, the number of Accredited Programs has slowly and steadily increased to encompass more than 1,500 hospitals, freestanding cancer centers, and cancer program networks nationwide. Commission on Cancer-accredited programs represent 30 percent of the general medical-surgical hospitals in the United States and Puerto Rico and provide care to close to 70 percent of patients who are newly diagnosed with cancer each year.
A three-year with commendation accreditation is given to programs, either new or established, that comply with all standards at the time of survey and receive a commendation rating for one or more standards. A program receiving commendation for up to three standards earns Three-Year with Commendation Bronze level. Commendation for four to six standards earns Three-Year with Commendation Silver level. Commendation for seven or eight standards earns Three-Year with Commendation Gold level. A certificate of accreditation is issued, and these programs are surveyed at three-year intervals from the date of the survey. Trinity has been accredited for many years, with a level of commendation. Accreditation with Commendation is awarded when a program complies with all standards and additionally demonstrates a high level of compliance with one or more of the six standards that comprise the full scope of cancer service.