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UMC Receives Commission on Cancer Accreditation with Commendation

Lafayette -- The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted three-year accreditation with commendation to University Medical Center (UMC) in Lafayette, La.

The accreditation program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews programs to ensure they conform to those standards.

"We continually strive for excellence in all areas of UMC, and our Oncology Department exemplifies this excellence," said Larry Dorsey, UMC hospital administrator. "UMC Oncology consistently provides superior services for our patients."

The CoC gives accreditation 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.

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). A facility also receives a compliance rating for all other standards.

The core functions of the CoC include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards; collecting standardized and quality data from accredited facilities; and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state, and local level.

Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to the following:

  • 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;
  • access to 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, most importantly, quality care close to home.

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 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

Through an exclusive partnership with the American Cancer Society, the CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program. This information is available at the American Cancer Society's website at www.cancer.org and its National Cancer Information Center at l-800-ACS-2345.

Also visit the Commission on Cancer's website at www.facs.org/cancer/index.htm