St. Mary-Corwin’s cancer care is an Approved and Accredited Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). The CoC is a highly respected medical accrediting body, and the accreditation is a validation of the excellence in quality cancer care at St. Mary-Corwin. Only one in four hospitals treating cancer patients has this special CoC approval and accreditation.
CoC accreditation recognizes the quality of comprehensive cancer care and access to all of the medical specialists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Approval and accreditation is granted only to facilities that comply with the CoC’s rigorous standards. CoC accredited programs are reviewed every three years.
Receiving care at a CoC Approved Cancer Program ensures that you will receive:
- Quality care close to home
- Comprehensive care with state-of-the-art services and equipment
- A multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options available for each patient
- Access to cancer-related information, education and support
- A Cancer Registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up
- Information about clinical trials and new treatment options
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
The CoC approvals program in place at St. Mary-Corwin is recognized by other national health care organizations, including the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), as demonstrating high-quality cancer care.
Why Accreditations Matter
Accreditation is a process of review that allows health care organizations to demonstrate their ability to meet regulatory requirements and quality standards. Accreditation bodies, like the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, act as quality assurance mechanisms in the health care industry.
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons is a group of professional organizations dedicated to reducing cancer’s toll through education, standard setting and the monitoring of quality care.
Patients at St. Mary-Corwin benefit from our multidisciplinary, coordinated team approach to cancer care. One example is the Tumor Board, a regular meeting of surgeons, pathologists, radiation, oncology, medical oncology, patient navigators, the clinical trials nurse, and others. Each week at the Tumor Board, new cases are presented and together the team talks through the case and determines the best treatment plan for the patient, according to the recommendations and guidelines.
The Cancer Registry is a valuable shared tool in the fight against cancer.
All CoC-accredited cancer centers are required to report data to the Cancer Registry, including the type of cancer, the treatment, and the outcome. Cancer Registry data plays an important role in research studies for scientific researchers. Detailed information from the Cancer Registry on patient demographics, initial diagnosis, cancer site and histology, extent of disease, treatment, recurrence and survival provides the baseline for many studies. Collecting this data at local, state and national levels helps strengthen the collective fight against cancer.