CHI Memorial has been granted a three-year accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC), a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients. CHI Memorial has maintained this voluntary accreditation since 1992, which requires cancer programs to meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered care.
“As a CoC-accredited center, CHI Memorial takes a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer – which requires close collaboration and consultation among surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, nurse navigators, and a host of support staff who are all focused on providing the highest level of cancer care available,” says Kim Shank, BSN, RN, OCN, oncology clinical services director and GI-colorectal nurse navigator at CHI Memorial. “This accreditation provides real value to our patients and demonstrates to patients, their families, referring physicians, and the wider community that we meet or exceed the most rigorous standards for high quality, coordinated care.”
CHI Memorial Rees Skillern Cancer Center provides the full scope of cancer care – including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, personalized treatment plans and rehabilitation, and life-long follow up for recurrent disease. It also offers many support services for patients and their caregivers. When seeking care at a CoC facility, patients have access to information that might otherwise not be available, including clinical trials and new treatment options, genetic counseling, nurse navigation, and survivorship programs that help to improve a cancer survivor’s quality of life.
The three-year CoC accreditation is awarded to cancer centers that exceed national standards and maintain levels of excellence in delivering comprehensive, patient-centered care. To receive accreditation, Rees Skillern Cancer Institute must provide:
- Comprehensive care including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
- Multi-specialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
- Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
- Access to cancer-related information, education and support
- Cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
- Quality care close to home
“There’s a tremendous amount of work ongoing to maintain our CoC accreditation, and it serves as a foundation for ensuring we are meeting national standards, providing high-quality care, and continuously looking for ways to improve our process and procedures to enhance patient care,” says Deb Moore, vice president, oncology services at CHI Memorial. “Years of consistent best practices and evidence-based outcomes have gone into identifying what works best for our patients – it’s part of our culture to always be looking for better ways to deliver the highest level of cancer care.”
To learn more about the services offered at the CHI Memorial Rees Skillern Cancer Institute, visit memorial.org/cancer.