Mercys Southwest Oncology clinic re-accredited for cancer care from nations largest oncology society

There is no other oncology practice in the state of Colorado that has taken the time and effort to ensure that the national standards for oncology care are met, as set by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. We have so much to be proud of with this honor, said Cynthia Cathcart, MD, medical oncologist at Southwest Oncology and oncology medical director at Mercy. Southwest Oncology first received QOPI certification in 2010.

Practices that choose to apply for recertification through QOPI demonstrate their continued commitment to the pursuit of clinical care excellence, said ASCO President Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP. The QOPI Certification Program helps such practices assess the level of care they provide to their patients and demonstrates their commitment to maintaining quality and lifelong learning.

QOPI is a voluntary, self-assessment and improvement program launched by ASCO in 2006 to help hematology-oncology and medical oncology practices assess the quality of the care they provide to patients. Through the QOPI program, practices abstract data from patients records up to twice per year and enter this information into a secure database. More than 850 oncology practices have registered in the QOPI program.

The QCP seal designates those practices that not only scored high on the key QOPI quality measures, but meet rigorous safety measures established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). To become recertified, Mercys Southwest Oncology clinic had to submit to an evaluation of their entire program and documentation standards. The QCP staff and steering group members then verify through on-site inspection of the clinic, infusion suite, and pharmacy that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in all areas of treatment including: treatment planning; staff training and education; chemotherapy orders and drug preparation; patient consent and education; safe chemotherapy administration; and monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.

Mercy Regional Medical Center is part of the Centura Health Cancer Network, delivering integrated, advanced cancer care across Colorado and western Kansas.

About Mercy Regional Medical Center
Mercy Regional Medical Center is an 82-bed acute care hospital in Durango, Colorado. As a non-profit hospital that is part of the Centura Health network, Mercy is committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities it serves in the Four Corners region. See www.mercydurango.org for more information.

About Centura Health
Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 17,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 15 hospitals, seven senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life Colorado, we are making the regions best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. Were Centura Health, and were here for your health. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit www.centura.org.

About ASCO
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the worlds leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With more than 30,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation, which funds ground-breaking research and programs that make a tangible difference in the lives of people with cancer. For ASCO information and resources, visit www.asco.org. Patient-oriented cancer information is available at www.cancer.net.