Editorial: Darryl Duncan: Cancer program part of efforts to provide care
10/14/2013 - The Dominion Post
MORGANTOWN - Monongalia General Hospital recently received a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program (CCCP) accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The hospital underwent an evaluation process in order to receive the three-year designation, which was awarded with a gold-level commendation.
Accreditation awards are based on compliance with the 36 standards, and an award indicates Mon General met or exceeded established performance measures for the provision of high-quality cancer care.
The Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is given to programs, either new or established, that comply with all standards and receive a commendation rating for one or more standards. The college notes that there are several beneficial elements of a Commission on Cancer accredited cancer program:
The clinical services provide state-of-the-art pretreatment evaluation, staging, treatment, and clinical follow-up for cancer patients seen at the facility for primary, secondary, tertiary or end-of-life care.
The cancer committee leads the program through setting goals, monitoring activity, evaluating patient outcomes and improving care.
The cancer conferences provide a forum for patient consultation and contribute to physician education.
The quality improvement program is the mechanism for evaluating and improving patient outcomes.
The cancer registry and database is the basis for monitoring the quality of care.
For the patient and community, the quality standards established by the Commission on Cancer for cancer programs ensure:
-Comprehensive care including a complete range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
-A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best available treatment options;
-Information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options.
-Access to prevention and early detection programs, cancer education and support services.
-A cancer registry that offers lifelong patient follow-up.
-Ongoing monitoring and improvements in cancer care.
-And quality care … close to home.
The designation is part of our hospital’s soon-to-be-complete efforts to provide a fully comprehensive cancer care program. This will be realized once the state Health Care Authority approves our plans to build a new radiation oncology treatment center in our hospital.
As I noted, our new center, which will be funded entirely by the generosity of the hospital’s Foundation, will provide the final component in comprehensive cancer care at the hospital and create a convenient, central location for our cancer therapies. Our efforts to improve are centered on what’s best for the patients we already treat and how they receive their cancer care. There is a need for this treatment option at Mon General, and our patients — and their families — deserve this coordinated, convenient care under one roof.
On behalf of everyone at Mon General Hospital, we are extremely pleased to have achieved this accreditation and to now be recognized as among the nation’s leading, high-quality community cancer programs. We also look forward to speedy approval of the Health Care Authority of our new radiation therapy oncology center.
This Comprehensive Community Cancer Program accreditation affirms that our staff is providing convenient, quality, patient-centered cancer treatment for this region, and we pledge to continue efforts to provide local, high-quality cancer treatment options for our patients and for our community.
DARRYL DUNCAN is the president and CEO of Mon Health Systems.