Mercys Southwest Oncology Clinic Reaccredited for Quality Care by Nations Largest Cancer Society

(DURANGO, COLO.) Southwest Oncology, a medical oncology clinic at Mercy Regional Medical Center, hasearned reaccreditation by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Program (QCP). The program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care.

Were very proud of this recertification from ASCO and QCP, which emphasizes our commitment to providing evidence-based care for our patients, said Siobhan Conway, clinical supervisor for Southwest Oncology.

Southwest Oncology, one of only three QOPI-certified oncology practices in Colorado, first achieved certification in the fall of 2010. In applying for recertification, the clinic participated in a voluntary, comprehensive site assessment against clearly specified standards that are consistent with national guidelines and was successful in meeting the standards and objectives of QCP.

This certification recognizes those oncology practices that are committed to delivering the highest quality of cancer care, said ASCO President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FASCO. By achieving recertification, these practices have demonstrated their commitment to quality and safety excellence in the care they deliver to patients, as well as to the continuous process of quality improvement.

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. Nationally, more than 900 oncology practices have registered for the QOPI program.

QOPI analyzes individual practice data and compares these to more than 160 evidence-based and consensus quality measures. The information is then provided in reports to participating practices. Individual practices are also able to compare their performance to data from other practices across the country. Based on this feedback, doctors and practices can identify areas for improvement.

The QCP was launched in January 2010 with more than 250 practices, including Southwest Oncology, already QOPI certified. The QCP seal designates those practices that not only scored above the threshold on the key QOPI quality measures, but met chemotherapy safety standards established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).

To become certified, practices have to submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. The QCP staff and steering group members then verify through on-site inspection that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in areas of treatment, including:

  • Treatment planning
  • Staff training and education
  • Chemotherapy orders and drug preparation
  • Patient consent and education
  • Safe chemotherapy administration
  • Monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.


Mercy Regional Medical Centers Southwest Oncology clinic and Durango Cancer Center radiation oncology clinic are part of Centura Health Physician Group and the Centura Health Cancer Network, which delivers 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. Visit Mercy Regional Medical Center 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 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two 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 the Centura Health website.

About ASCO
Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO) is committed to making a world of difference in cancer care. As the worlds leading organization of its kind, ASCO represents more than 40,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Through research, education, and promotion of the highest-quality patient care, ASCO works to conquer cancer and create a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is healthy. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Learn more at, explore patient education resources at www.Cancer.Net.

About QOPI Certification Program, LLC
QOPI Certification Program LLC is an ASCO affiliate dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs for ASCO members and their patients and is committed to providing oncologists with the necessary resources to provide every patient with high-level cancer care. QOPI and the QCP are projects dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs. For more information, please visit

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