MASON CITY -- The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (AcoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Program at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa.
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, including 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.
"The CoC sets 36 standards for quality for Cancer Programs, collects quality data from the approved facilities, then uses this data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state, and local level," said Mercy Cancer Committee Chairman, Steven Allgood, M.D. "We are very proud to be a part of this program and to have been granted the Three-Year Approval with Commendation."
Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program, such as Mercy Cancer Center, ensures that a patient will have access to:
Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment;
A multi-specialty, 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.
"We are very proud of the quality of care provided at Mercy Cancer Center," said James Simon, M.D., Mercy Cancer Center. "Receiving the highest approval rating given to cancer centers around the nation should give people living with cancer assurance they are receiving the highest quality care available."
"We are extremely excited to have carried on the tradition to receive this recognition once again. This demonstrates that our level of commitment has not wavered as we continue to provide high quality care close to home," said Steve Snyder. M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director of Mercy Cancer Center.
About Mercy Cancer Center
Mercy Cancer Center offers patients the most sophisticated oncology care; including state-of-the-art radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery in combination with clinical research, a comprehensive breast center, genetic counseling, and many support services. Mercy Cancer Center is staffed by highly specialized professionals with years of experience in providing the best cancer care. This includes board certified physicians, nurses, therapists, dosimetrists, physicists, pharmacists, and other support staff.
Mercy Cancer Center is staffed by a Certified Cancer Registrar, Kathy Larson, RHIT, CTR who is the Cancer Registry Coordinator. She has the primary responsibility of making sure all the Standards are met for the accreditation survey and does this with the help of the Cancer Committee. The registry is also staffed by a Cancer Abstractor, Tarah Paulus.
Mercy Cancer Center is close to home; an important factor in a patient's overall health. Having the support of family and friends during a time of great stress can make a real difference in the quality of life while fighting cancer. The Mercy Cancer Center facility is truly unique in that it was designed to provide a broad spectrum of necessary treatment services in one, easy-to-access location. Because of the Cancer Center's dedication to innovation, big-city technology is delivered with small town care.
For more information about Mercy Cancer Center and the services provided, please call 641-428-6300.
About the American College of Surgeons
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 Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, 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 and on-site review every three years.
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