UPMC Horizon’s cancer program accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons
FARRELL AND GREENVILLE, February 7, 2012– UPMC Horizon’s cancer program recently received a three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).
UPMC Horizon received the accreditation with commendation following an onsite evaluation by a physician surveyor, during which the hospital demonstrated a commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program, which include 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.
CoC accreditation is given only to 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 onsite review every three years.
Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that patients 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
- 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 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. The core functions of the CoC include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary care for cancer patients, surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with 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.