December 29, 2011
Mercy Hospital Receives Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation
Mercy Hospital & Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Three-year Accreditation with Commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer—a hallmark of excellence in cancer care. A facility receives a three-year accreditation with commendation following a rigorous on-site evaluation during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with standards that represent the full scope of cancer care—cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care.
What it means for Patients
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that more than 1.5 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2011. Approximately 25 percent of US hospitals are CoC-accredited cancer programs, and treat 71% of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program 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 careAnd most importantly—expert, quality care close to home.
About the Mercy Cancer Program
The Mercy Cancer Program is comprised of primary care physicians, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and radiologists that work collaboratively to provide superior cancer care. Mercy’s Cancer Program focuses on providing early detection, prevention, and sophisticated, quality treatment to reduce the incidence and morbidity of cancer in Chicago. As a teaching hospital, Mercy patients benefit from the collaborative team approach and critical thinking skills fostered by a teaching environment. Working together, our team of experts offers patients the most advanced treatment and care in a comforting, healing environment helping them live longer, healthier lives. Long a leader in cancer care, Mercy is committed to leading-edge cancer treatment placing it on par with academic Cancer programs. For more information on Mercy’s Cancer Program, visit mercy-chicago.org/cancer
About American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer (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 cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with 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. For more information on the CoC, visit: www.facs.org/cancer/
Mary Kate Brosnan