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Feb 13: Memorial Achieves Full Approval from Commission on Cancer

For Immediate Release

February 13, 2008

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has recognized Memorial Health System’s Oncology Program for offering the very best in cancer care.

Memorial has received a three-year approval with commendation following the onsite evaluation, in which the oncology program has demonstrated a commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program including cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement. In addition, Memorial received a compliance rating for all other standards. Approval by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

Receiving care at a CoC-approved cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the art services and equipment
  • A multispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Information on ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Access to cancer-related information, education, and support
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care

Recognition by the CoC is a reflection of quality of the program’s comprehensive, multidisciplinary patient care. This recognition also ensures patients that they are going to receive the very best in today’s cancer treatment right here at Memorial. The CoC encourages its approved cancer programs to continually improve their quality of patient care by implementing programs that cover the full spectrum of cancer care services. These programs include prevention, early detection, pretreatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, psychosocial support, and end of life care.


For more information, please contact Memorial Hospital Public Relations at (719) 365-5235.