Mar 27, 2013 -
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) recently granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Program at ECHN Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute at the John DeQuattro Cancer Center.
A facility receives a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement). In addition, a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards.
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 49 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.
The CoC’s Accreditation Program sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.
Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to:
• comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment;
• a multispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options;
• information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options;
• cancer-related information, education, and support;
• a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up;
• ongoing monitoring and improvement of care; and
• quality care close to home.