FOR THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted three-year accreditation with commendation to the cancer program at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital.
“I'm proud to be part of the cancer program at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital,” said Dr. Mark Petruzziello, general surgeon and vice chief of staff. “The commission re-accreditation for our cancer center demonstrates our commitment to provide the very best care possible for our local community. To pass with commendations shows how dedicated the cancer committee is in establishing a high quality cancer program here in Tarboro.”
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 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.
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standards-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 49 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.
Accreditation by the commission 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 commission-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.
Receiving care at a commission-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to the following:
Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
A multispecialty, 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
Quality care close to home
Through an exclusive partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS), the commission provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each commission-accredited cancer program. This information is shared with the public on the ACS’s website at HYPERLINK "http://www.cancer.org" www.cancer.org and through the ACS’s National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345. For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.facs.org/cancer/index.html" www.facs.org/cancer/index.html.
“Receiving six commendations is a significant achievement for our cancer program,” said Suzanne Schupp, manager of Vidant Oncology-Tarboro. “Having more than three prevention and early detection programs offered each year during the accreditation period was one of the six commendations that I’m most proud of achieving. The cancer committee and the oncology staff at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital deserve this recognition for their dedication and passion for positive patient outcomes.”