PARKERSBURG - The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the cancer program at Camden Clark Medical Center.
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, according to a CCMC news release. Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey.
According to the news release, because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, Camden Clark's Community Comprehensive Cancer Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.
"This accreditation is really a testimony to the highly qualified team at Camden Clark," said Dr. Nik Shah, medical oncologist, cancer committee specialty physician representative. "Our focus on a multidisciplinary approach means that each patient is supported by a comprehensive team of health care professionals."
"While it's an honor to be recognized for excellence," said Dr. Gabor Altdorfer, radiation oncologist, cancer committee specialty physician representative. "The real winners here are the patients we serve and our community. The Mid-Ohio Valley should be proud to have a team of caring and compassionate professionals who provide the very best cancer care each and every day."
"Because of the extremely high standards of the American College of Surgeons, this recognition is particularly rewarding," said Dr. Robert Herceg, pathologist, cancer committee chairman. "Meeting or exceeding the CoC standards is emblematic of our commitment to excellence and to being the very best cancer program in the area."
According to the news release, the CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Camden Clark to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease and end-of-life care.
When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors' quality of life.