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CCMC’s Regional Cancer Center receives accreditation

PARKERSBURG — The Comprehensive Regional Cancer Center at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center has been accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

The Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons, has given a three-Year accreditation to the cancer program. To earn a voluntary accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 quality-care standards from the commission, be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.

Because it is a commission-accredited cancer center, WVU Medicine Camden 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. The multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care, the hospital said.

“The CoC Accreditation process brings together a dynamic group of WVU Medicine Camden Clark physicians, hospital leadership and representatives from various disciplines throughout the facility,” said Reinnie Leavitt, director of cancer services at the Cancer Center. “This multidisciplinary approach to Cancer Care and Services results in innovative programs and continual improvements. By focusing on our specific community needs and applying that knowledge to CoC Standards framework, the positive impact on our patient population is tremendous.”

The accreditation program provides the framework for the hospital 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, officials said.

When patients receive care at an accredited 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, officials said. Like all accredited facilities, Camden Clark maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base, a joint program of the commission and American Cancer Society. The nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer is tracked and analyzed and used to explore trends in cancer care.

Accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports. These reports help facilities with quality improvement efforts.

More than 1,500 accredited cancer programs are in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

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