Norman, OK – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the cancer program at Norman Regional Hospital. Norman Regional's cancer program was first accredited in 1993, so this marks its 20th year of accreditation. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey.
Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, Norman Regional takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.
"Our team at Norman Regional is dedicated to providing quality care with a compassionate spirit to cancer patients," said David Whitaker, President and CEO of Norman Regional Health System. "From our Cancer Management Center to our Oncology/Palliative Care Unit to our multi-disciplinary Cancer Committee, our team of experts is ready to care for those battling cancer. Our health system also provides resources to the community, such as our Cancer Survivor Center which is in partnership with the American Cancer Society and hosting free cancer screenings for the public throughout the year. We are dedicated to fighting this disease."
The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Norman Regional to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long followup for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care. When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.
Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Norman Regional maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society (ACS). This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world.
"Cancer registry is important because of the massive amounts of detailed, quality data that is collected by certified tumor registrars," said Cecyle Haley, a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) and coordinator for the Norman Regional cancer program. "The registry also coordinates multi-disciplinary cancer conferences that provide a resource for education and discussion of all cancer sites. CTR's are trained to provide leadership in monitoring and complying with ACOS Standards of Care for accreditation."
Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports. These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.
ACS estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2013. There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at http://www.facs.org/cancerprogram/index.html.
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. It's membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. For more information, visit: www.facs.org/cancer