ARCADIA, CA. - Methodist Hospital recently received a three year approval with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons for gaining significant distinction in its oncology department. Sonja Flores, cancer resource center manager, stated “We are proud to say that our program not only received approval, but commendation in five categories.” Receiving approval means that the hospital’s facility has dedicated itself to providing the best in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The hospital met national standards that have been established to ensure that cancer patients receive the best possible care at the local level.
A facility receives a three year approval with commendation following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement). In addition a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards.
Receiving care at a CoC approved cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the art services and equipment, a multi-specialty team approach to coordinate best treatment options, information about clinical trials and new treatment options, access to cancer-related information and support, ongoing monitoring and improvement of care and, most importantly, quality care close to home.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that more than 1.4 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2007. There are currently more than 1,400 CoC approved cancer programs in the US and Puerto Rico, representing close to 25 percent of all hospitals. This 25 percent of hospitals diagnose and/or treat 80 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, 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, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.
Methodist Hospital, founded in 1903, is a 460 bed, not for profit hospital serving the community. Services provided include comprehensive acute care such as medical, surgical, perinatal, pediatrics, oncology, intensive care (neonatal and adult), and complete cardiovascular services, including open heart surgery. Methodist Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For more information please call (626) 898 – 8000 or visit www.methodisthospital.org.