Commission on Cancer of American College of Surgeons accredits Lahey Clinic’s Sophia Gordon Cancer Center with commendation

Cancer Center again Granted Accreditation with Commendation from the American College of Surgeons
Burlington, Mass. – April 1, 2011 – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons again has granted Lahey Clinic’s Sophia Gordon Cancer Center a full three-year accreditation with commendation.

This accreditation follows an on site evaluation in February by a physician surveyor during which Lahey demonstrated a commendation level of compliance with all eight standards that are eligible for a commendation rating. In addition, Lahey achieved compliance with all 36 standards of the approvals program. These include cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.

“This accreditation clearly underscores Lahey’s ongoing commitment to deliver extraordinary cancer care to our patients,” said John A. Libertino, MD, director of the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center. “Our patients and their families are reassured that they have access to all the services needed to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and support them through cancer.”

The accreditation program, a component of the CoC, sets quality of care standards for cancer programs and reviews them to ensure conformity. Accreditation is given only to facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years. Lahey’s cancer program is accredited through 2014.

Patients receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program have access to: comprehensive care, including state-of-the-art services and equipment; a multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options; information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatments; access to cancer-related information, education and support; a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results; and ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.

Established in 1922 by the ACS, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research and education. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care. The CoC sets standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care, surveys facilities to evaluate compliance with 36 CoC standards, collects standardized and quality data from accredited facilities and uses the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve care outcomes.

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