ARCADIA, Calif. -- The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College
of Surgeons (ACoS) recently granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation
to the cancer program at Methodist Hospital of Southern California.
“We are extremely pleased to receive this accreditation from the
American College of Surgeons,” said Ginamarie Farino, Director of
Oncology Services at Methodist Hospital. “This recognition is a
true reflection of the hard work of the skilled doctors, nurses and staff
at Methodist Hospital who provide compassionate, high quality care to
our patients every day.”
To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed
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. Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation
is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the
time of its triennial survey.
As an accredited cancer center, Methodist Hospital takes a multidisciplinary
approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires
consultation among many specialists including surgeons, medical and radiation
oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists.
This multidisciplinary approach is recognized nationally as a way to improve
patient outcomes, said Farino.
“At Methodist Hospital, we have worked hard to build a place where
cancer patients can find a comforting environment that encourages them
to focus on healing,” Farino said. “In addition, the hospital’s
approach to care includes treating the ‘whole person,’ which
means by tending to the patient’s physical, emotional, social, and
spiritual needs. Treatment is not just about healing the physical body
with medication and procedures but about using all resources to improve
the spirit as well.”
Methodist Hospital offers the most advanced cancer diagnostics, treatment
and personalized care, including:
- Treatment for all aspects of care, including chemotherapy, surgery, pain
management and cancer support groups
- Diagnosis through a state-of-the-art 320-slice CT scanner that produces 4D images
- A 36-bed inpatient oncology unit dedicated to providing comprehensive care
and treatment for adults with cancer
- Specialty care through the Methodist Hospital Colorectal Surgery Institute,
which provides world-class treatment of colorectal diseases, and the Methodist
Hospital GYN Oncology Institute, which provides services for women with
GYN cancers and other disorders
- Positive Appearance Center that provides personal consultations to help
manage changes that come with healing during and after treatment for cancer
and other diseases.
- Lung cancer screenings through the Methodist Hospital Lung Screening Center
of Excellence which offers a low-dose CT scan that is quick, easy, and
painless with minimal exposure to radiation.
About Methodist Hospital of Southern California
Founded in 1903, Methodist Hospital of Southern California is a not-for-profit
hospital serving the greater San Gabriel Valley. Licensed for 400 beds,
the hospital offers services that include a 24/7 emergency department,
outpatient surgery, labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care, neurosurgery,
acute physical rehab and complete cardiovascular services. Methodist Hospital
is a Los Angeles County-certified stroke center, as well as an approved
STEMI receiving center for heart attack patients. A recognized center
of excellence for heart care, knee and hip replacement and cancer care,
Methodist Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission with advanced
certification in heart failure and stroke and is accredited as a Comprehensive
Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission
on Cancer. For more information, visit www.methodisthospital.org.
About the American College of Surgeons
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a
consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient
outcomes 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. For more information, visit: www.facs.org/cancer.