Northside Cancer Institute Earns National Accreditation

Posted on: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

 

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, as a result of surveys performed during 2013.

“We are so pleased to receive this national accreditation from the Commission on Cancer,” said Patti Owen, director of oncology services at Northside Hospital.  “This award exemplifies our ongoing commitment to providing high quality, multidisciplinary cancer care as a comprehensive, community hospital and Cancer Institute.”

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.  When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer, with a team that includes surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists, resulting in improved patient care.  Patients 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, Northside maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society.  This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world.  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.

To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 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.

Northside Hospital has been providing a lifetime of care to the Atlanta community for more than 40 years.  The hospital is the only hospital in Atlanta chosen by the National Cancer Institute to be a Community Cancer Center, which gives patients access to the latest cancer research and treatments close to home.  More cases of breast, GYN and prostate cancer are treated at Northside than anywhere else in Georgia, and the hospital has the best survival rates in the nation for bone marrow transplants.

“This recognition from the American College of Surgeons, in conjunction with our partnership with the National Cancer Institute, enables Northside to offer our patients clinical excellence that is on par with academic-based programs, leading-edge technologies and treatments,” said Owen, “along with the personalized, compassionate care typically associated only with a community hospital.”

Many of Northside’s physicians are nationally recognized for their treatment of cancer.  Together with a team of highly trained professionals, they provide patients with promising hope for a disease-free existence in a number of specialties.

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