(MINOT, ND) – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has awarded Trinity Health’s cancer program ‘Accreditation with Commendation’ following an on-site survey.
Accreditation with Commendation is awarded when a cancer program complies with all CoC standards and additionally demonstrates a high level of compliance with one or more of the seven standards that comprise the full scope of cancer care. Shane Jordan, BSRT (R)(T), CMD, director of Trinity’s CancerCare Center, says zero areas of deficiency were turned up during the survey, and Trinity was granted commendation in five of the seven standard areas.
‘We’re very excited to have received commendation in five of the seven specific standards; it demonstrates the professionalism and dedication that exemplify Trinity’s oncology team,’ Jordan said, adding, ‘This award isn’t just for the CancerCare Center alone but for Trinity Health as an institution. It’s truly a multi-disciplinary effort that enables us to achieve this recognition.’
Just 30 percent of cancer programs in the U.S. are accredited by the CoC, according to the commission, and only half of those earn commendation. Trinity was accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, a classification given to a facility that sees more than 500 newly diagnosed cancer cases each year. Jordan says classification as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program is an upgrade from previous survey periods.
‘In 2012, we were surveyed as a Community Cancer Program due to our number of diagnosed cases each year being less than 500,’ he said. ‘We are seeing more patients come to our center now and the ability to provide top-notch care is very rewarding and beneficial to the community of Minot and the region at large.’