News Release Date : 08/10/2010
St Mary’s of Michigan Accredited by Commission on Cancer
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the St. Mary’s of Michigan’s cancer program.
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 (cancer leadership committee, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement). In addition a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards.
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 team approach to coordinate best the 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.
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. The core functions of the CoC include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care and collecting and using data from accredited facilities to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the nation, state and local level.
For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit www.facs.org/cancer/index.html