The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. The CoC has again granted a Three-Year Approval with Commendation to the cancer programs at both St. Mary's Hospital, Centralia and Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, Mt. Vernon.
Approval of 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. These accreditations were granted following on-site evaluations.
Dr. Yagnesh Oza, Medical Director of Oncology at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, commented, "Our team of clinical professionals review current cancer cases every other week, this multispecialty approach assures we are continually providing the best overall care for our patients."
The CoC's global cancer program standard is to ensure Patient-Centered Care; this included the establishment of new requirements around patient-centered needs and expanded the focus on improving the quality of care and patient outcomes. This commendation assures patients the CoC-accredited cancer program includes:
1. State-of-the-art pretreatment evaluation, staging, treatment, and clinical follow-up for cancer patients for primary, secondary, tertiary, or end-of-life care;
2. a multispecialty cancer committee leads the program through setting goals, monitoring activity, evaluating patient outcomes, and improving care;
3. a quality improvement program is the mechanism for evaluating and improving patient outcomes;
4. an active cancer registry and database for monitoring the quality of care
According to Dr. M. Zahir Ansari, Chairperson of the Cancer Committee at St. Mary's Hospital, the CoC accreditation requirements include Diagnostic imaging, Radiation oncology services, Systemic therapy services, Clinical trial information, Psychosocial support services, Rehabilitation services, and Nutritional services. Ansari states, "This accreditation lets our patients, as well as anyone who might need cancer services in the future, know that our services are of the highest standards in both quality and safety."