PARKERSBURG – WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center has earned national accreditation for its cancer services.
The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has granted three-year accreditation to the cancer program at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, according to a press release from WVUMedicine.
To achieve voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC Quality Care Standards, be assessed every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in delivery. comprehensive patient-centered care.
Because it is a CoC accredited cancer center, Camden Clark takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation between surgeons, physicians and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists, according to the press. Release.
This multidisciplinary partnership translates into better patient care.
“I am honored to work alongside the multidisciplinary members of the Cancer Committee who have worked diligently throughout the pandemic to go above and beyond to care for our community as a whole while maintaining a close focus on our cancer patients and maintaining the quality and strength of our cancer. program,” said Reinnie Leavitt, director of cancer services at WVU Cancer Institute Camden Clark Comprehensive Regional Cancer Center. “The specific years for the credentialing exam were 2020 and 2021, which presented challenges that none of us had ever considered, let alone encountered.
“This incredible team and dedicated employees at CCMC have worked tirelessly to provide the best care for our patients and have excelled at every turn, just as they did every day before the COVID pandemic and still do today.”
The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Camden Clark to improve the quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care, including prevention, diagnosis early stage, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, lifelong follow-up. -up for recurrent illnesses and end-of-life care, according to the press release.
When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information about clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services, including psychosocial support, a patient navigation process and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors, the press release adds.
Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Camden Clark maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and the American Cancer Society. This national oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world.
Data on all types of cancer is tracked and analyzed through the BNDC 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 in their quality improvement efforts.
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from the American College of Surgeons Cancer Commission,” said Sabir Hussain, MD, medical director of the WVU Cancer Institute at Camden Clark. “This accreditation is a testament to the expertise, experience and dedication of our caring team of providers and clinical staff. Honors like this allow us to ensure that the communities we serve have access to the highest quality, state-of-the-art care right here in Ohio’s Central Valley.
When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they have access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home.
“Receiving this prestigious accreditation from the Cancer Commission reinforces our mission to meet the health needs of our community across the lifespan,” said Steve Altmiller, president and CEO of WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center. “We commend our colleagues at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Regional Cancer Center for their efforts and commitment to providing our patients with the highest standard of cancer care, confirmed by this recognition from the CoC.”
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