Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Earns Three-year Cancer Care Accreditation
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital December 15, 2014
American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer accredits Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital
CHICAGO, IL – Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital has received another three-year accreditation of its cancer care services from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC). To earn the new CoC accreditation, the hospital had to meet 46 different cancer care specific quality standards, which will continue to be regularly evaluated every three years with an on-site survey. These standards help reinforce a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that require collaboration among a wide range of specialists including surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, pathologists, and diagnostic radiologists.
“Our multidisciplinary team of cancer care professionals have worked hard to achieve and maintain CoC accreditation and our high level of quality,” said Karline Peal, MBA, RT(T), ROCC , director of Cancer Services at Lake Forest Hospital. “We are proud to be listed among some the best hospitals in the country that share this important cancer care accreditation.”
While only approximately 30 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. are accredited by the CoC, these hospitals treat and/or diagnose more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients. The accreditation program’s standards focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, end-of-life care and survivorship.
“Lake Forest Hospital has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Cancer since 1980. This ongoing dedication to ensuring quality oncology care demonstrates our commitment to serving our community with the best evidence based care,” said Tara Breslin, MD, MS, surgical oncologist and chair of the Lake Forest Hospital Cancer Committee.
In addition to being surveyed every three years and maintaining compliance with CoC quality standards, accredited hospitals also maintain a cancer registry and contribute data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society.
In turn, CoC-accredited cancer programs have access to information derived from this data reporting, including national, regional, and state benchmark reports. These reports can play a critical role in Lake Forest Hospital’s cancer care quality improvement efforts.
Lake Forest Hospital is designated by the Commission on Cancer as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program. The oncology program consists of a dedicated cancer care team that includes medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, physical therapists, oncology social workers and nutritionists. The nursing staff caring for patients with cancer at the hospital are also specifically trained and certified in providing oncology care. Lake Forest Hospital’s treatment options offer state-of-the-art technology and comprehensive services to treat a wide range of cancers, including:
Lake Forest Hospital shares a longstanding commitment to a culture of quality, safety and service for all its patients, no matter what their health concerns may be. By aspiring to the highest standards for quality and patient satisfaction with collaborative focus on process improvement, the hospital is committed to delivering care that is safe and without error.
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