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SMH Earns Commission on Cancer's Highest Recognition

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Commission on CancerSARASOTA (Dec. 5, 2014) – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons recently granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to Sarasota Memorial’s cancer program.

To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Just 30 percent of all hospitals have received the prestigious national recognition.

“Our longstanding accreditation demonstrates that Sarasota Memorial is committed to providing the highest standards of cancer care at every level, from prevention, education and screening through diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and survivorship,” said Yulonda Greene, BSN, MBA, RN, OCN, director, Patient Care Services/Institute for Cancer Care. "It’s a reflection of the excellent work, dedication and expertise of our physicians and staff.”

Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey. SMH's site visit took place in September. 

Sarasota Memorial has been continuously accredited by the CoC since 1988. The health system's Cancer Committee, made up of physicians from a variety of specialties and staff from throughout the hospital, oversees and drives compliance with the standards, which cover all areas of cancer care. 

According to the CoC, when cancer patients choose to seek care locally at an accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The accreditation provides value through improved patient outcomes across all domains of care: access and service, satisfaction and well-being, quality of care and cancer outcomes. 

Patients receiving care at CoC facilities are given access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling and patient-centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process and a survivorship care plan that documents patient care and seeks to improve quality of life. 

The most recent example of Sarasota Memorial’s commitment to providing the very best patient-centered cancer care is the hospital’s recent certification as an Oncology STAR® Program, becoming one of the first health systems in Florida qualified to offer superior, oncology-specific rehabilitation services to cancer patients.

CoC-accredited facilities also maintain a cancer registry and contribute data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB).  Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care.

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