FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1/3/2017
Contact: Athena Miller, Public Information Officer
Office Phone: 541-506-6408
The Dalles, OR (March 1, 2017) –The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a
quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted
Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the cancer program at the
Celilo Cancer Center at MCMC. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer
program must meet or exceed the 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. Three-Year Accreditation
with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard
requirements at the time of its triennial survey.
Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, Celilo Cancer Center takes
a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of
diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation
oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists.
This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.
“Retaining this prestigious accreditation is a reflection of the
high quality work our providers and staff, and our complete dedication
to providing patient-centered care to the communities we serve,”
said Dianne Storby, MCMC Interim CEO.
The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Celilo Cancer
Center to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related
programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention,
early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long
follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care. When patients receive
care at Celilo Cancer Center, they also have 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 the care each patient receives
and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.
Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Celilo Cancer Center maintains a cancer
registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB),
a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. This nationwide
oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in
the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through
the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer
centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of
data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark
reports. These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.6 million cases
of cancer will be diagnosed in 2016. There are currently more than 1,500
CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. CoC-accredited
facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed
cancer patients. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a
CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive,
state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The CoC provides the public
with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience
for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium
of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes
and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention,
research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care.
Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. For
more information, visit: www.facs.org/cancer
A not-for-profit regional medical center, MCMC is a regional medical center
is dedicated to enhancing the community’s health and wellness. The
staff of nearly 1,000 employees and more than 50 physicians, as well as
over 100 volunteers, work as a team to provide care that is respectful
of the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our patients and their
families. MCMC offers a continuum of services, including education, wellness
and prevention programs, outpatient and in-home services.