The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted three-year accreditation with commendation to Robinson Memorial Hospital’s cancer program. This is the 11th time Robinson Memorial’s cancer program has earned the Community Hospital Cancer Program Accreditation.
In order to maintain and receive accreditation, facilities must ensure its patients have access to the full scope of services required to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and support patients with cancer and their families. Facilities also go through continuous evaluation to reaffirm its commitment of the program to provide quality cancer care.
CoC-approved cancer programs must undergo an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor from CoC every three years to maintain accreditation. During which, the facility demonstrates a commendation level of compliance with numerous standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program, including institutional and programmatic resources, cancer committee leadership, cancer data management and registry operations, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and staff support and quality improvement.
Roughly 54 percent of hospitals in Ohio are currently accredited with the CoC. Robinson Memorial Hospital is one of 100 hospitals in Ohio to receive the CoC accreditation with commendation.
“This accreditation is a testament to Robinson Memorial Hospital’s commitment to providing high quality cancer care to the residents of Portage County and surrounding communities. It also reflects the dedication and hard work of the Robinson Memorial family, especially the nursing staff, cancer registrars, physicians and other health professionals,” stated Frederick Marquinez, MD, Chairman of the Cancer Committee at Robinson Memorial Hospital.
The quality standards established by the CoC for cancer programs ensure that patients receive:
• comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the art services and equipment
• a multidisciplinary team approach for the best available treatment options
• information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
• access to prevention and early detection programs, education and support services
• a cancer registry that offers lifelong patient follow-up
• ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
• quality care that is close to home
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.