RENO — The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer a three-year accreditation renewal with commendation, an achievement awarded to the nation’s leading community cancer centers. During the rigorous on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor, Saint Mary’s surpassed all 36 quality standards and received commendation in six categories.
“We are immensely proud of the diligence and quality of work that is seen at our Center for Cancer,” said Dr. James Harris, medical director of surgical oncology and physician liaison to the ACS. “Accreditation with commendation means we are providing the highest caliber of cancer care and support right here in our own community.”
Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer is evaluated every three years by a nationally recognized physician surveyor who analyzes quality care standards and the practices of all staff members within the center. Beyond exceeding all 36 quality standards, Saint Mary’s also received commendation in six categories: outcome analysis and annual reports; abstracting timeframe; National Cancer Database quality criteria; CAP guidelines; prevention and early detection; and quality improvements related to cancer cases. Additionally, the surveyor gave special note to Saint Mary’s exceptional tumor board, Cancer Committee and medical staff involvement, leadership and participation in the accreditation program.
CoC accreditation renewal ensures patients and surrounding communities have access to a comprehensive scope of services required to diagnose, treat and support those with cancer and their families. Benefits include access to state-of-the art services and equipment; expertise from a multi-speciality team of clinicians who coordinate the best treatment options for each patient; information about clinical trials and new treatment options; access to prevention and early detection programs, cancer-related education and support services; and ongoing monitoring and improvements in cancer care.