Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital issued the following announcement on Nov. 21.
The cancer treatment program at AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital Kankakee has been granted three-year accreditation with commendation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 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.
“According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 1.8 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2018,” said Dr. Kalisha Hill, chief medical officer with AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital. “When our cancer patients seek care, we’re able to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art care close to home as a CoC-accredited cancer center.”
Dr. Hill said the CoC provides the framework for improving the quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs, including prevention, early diagnosis, optimal treatment and life-long follow-up. Patients receiving care at AMITA Health St. Mary Hospital also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, a patient navigation process and a survivorship care plan that documents care and seeks to improve quality of life, she said.
In addition, AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital 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.
“We’re thrilled that the CoC has extended us this additional accreditation, proving the quality care and service we provide to those undergoing cancer treatment,” Dr. Hill said. “We’re thankful for the opportunity to further serve our community.”
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