Canton, Ohio: The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to Mercy Cancer Center.
Mercy Cancer Center was awarded re-accreditation with commendation as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center through 2014 after receiving commendation for all eight commendation-eligible standards along with full compliance ratings for all other standards.
“These ratings are testimony to the wonderful physicians and personnel who work so diligently to provide the very best cancer care and support to patients and families,” says Karen Coughlin, R.N., MSN, administrative director of Mercy Cancer Center.
A facility receives a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation following an 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.
Mercy Cancer Center’s re-accreditation ensures that patients 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 care.
- Quality care close to home.
“Thanks to the dedication of Mercy physicians and employees who provide comprehensive cancer care, Mercy Medical Center is one of just 25 percent of hospitals in the U.S. with CoC accredited cancer programs,” says Thomas E. Cecconi, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center.
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.
About Mercy Cancer Center
Mercy Cancer Center has been accredited since 1986 as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. In 2008 CoC awarded Mercy Cancer Center the Outstanding Achievement Award for excellence in cancer care along with the CoC’s three-year re-accreditation with commendation. Mercy Cancer Center provides a holistic approach to cancer care, which includes state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical facilities, innovative treatments and cutting-edge technology, national cancer research trials, designated breast care and lung centers, a complementary medicine program, retail boutique, support services, and community education and prevention programs.
About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
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