Commission On Cancer Recertifies Centura Health Network

(ENGLEWOOD, COLO.) For Susie Bosch, the Commission on Cancers recent re-accreditation of the Centura Health Cancer Network meant more than a prestigious piece of paper. It meant surviving to see her 18-year-old daughter Sarah go to prom and graduate from high school.

I was really scared right off, but they knew what they were doing and they got me through this and they saved my life, said Bosch, 63, of Woodland Park. She received radiation, chemotherapy and surgery to remove a rare and unusually aggressive tumor in her neck that could have been disfiguring and deadly.

The Centura Health Cancer Network, one of Centura Healths six systems of care, was the first, and remains the only, such network in Colorado to be accredited by the Commission on Cancer. It serves about a quarter of Colorados cancer patients and is also accessible in western Kansas.

The advantage of the system of care model is that many forms of care are available at the same high level throughout the region. Patients only need to travel to a specialized center in Boschs case, Centura Healths Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver for uncommon therapies or technically challenging procedures.

For Boschs care, multiple caretakers needed to be coordinated: nursing staff, speech and language, nutrition, physical therapy, occupational therapy these are the interdisciplinary services that all of my patients avail themselves of, said her surgeon, Andrew Nemechek, MD, a member of the Centura Health Physician Group and assistant medical director of the cancer network. Across this large system, our entire oncology group is aligned philosophically about how to deliver high quality cancer care.

The alternative approach would require the patient to contact several disconnected centers, which may not share a common communication platform. Centura Health entities share electronic health records with one another instantaneously.

Unfortunately, a common alternative to Centuras coordinated care approach requires patients and their families to receive care in multiple locations, which can affect timeliness, efficiency and safety, resulting in poor cancer outcomes, Nemechek said.

When care is fragmented across many systems, that delay in diagnostics and treatment can be very dangerous and can have real implications for cancer outcomes. Functional outcomes are poorer because they cant avail themselves of complex nursing care and rehabilitative services in the system, Nemechek said.

Bosch said the system of care approach certainly worked for her. Except for the operation in Denver, she received all her care at Centura Healths Penrose-St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs, only 15 miles from her home, and with the help of her husband as driver, never missed an appointment.

I didnt feel like I was bounced around. I felt like they knew what they had to do and they got right on it and got it taken care of. Appointments were made ahead of time and everything just fell into place, and I got through it, she said.

In addition to oncology, Centura Health has adopted the system of care model in trauma, heart and vascular, neurosciences, senior care and pediatrics.

Photo courtesy of Susie Bosch

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