March 12, 2012
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2012. The Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program at Sisters of Charity Hospital, a member of Catholic Health, ensures that patients have access to high quality cancer treatment services right in their own community.
Established in 1997, Sisters Hospital’s Cancer Program was recently accredited with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (Sisters Hospital awards). Only one in four hospitals that treat cancer patients receive this special recognition for providing the highest quality cancer care.
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1932, the Commission on Cancer sets standards for the best cancer programs in the country and reviews programs to make sure they conform to these high standards.
“We are very proud of the cancer programs we offer at Sisters Hospital,” said Peter U. Bergmann, hospital president & CEO. “This recognition is a significant accomplishment for our hospital and an added assurance to our patients that the cancer care we provide is of the highest quality."
Commission-approved cancer programs provide:
- Quality care close to home
- Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
- A multidisciplinary, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options available
- Access to cancer-related information, education, and support
- Information about cancer clinical trials, education & support
- Lifelong patient follow-up through a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
To receive accreditation by the Commission on Cancer, hospitals must undergo a stringent on-site review every three years.
“As an approved program, Sisters Hospital is committed to providing a comprehensive level of care in such areas as breast cancer, head & neck cancer and ovarian cancer,” Bergmann added. “By meeting the high national standards outlined by the Commission, we are ensuring that our patients continue to receive the best cancer care available in settings that are convenient, comfortable and close to home.”