ATLANTA, Ga. (August 2, 2010) — Piedmont Fayette Hospital is proud to announce that the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to Piedmont Fayette Hospital’s Cancer Center as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program. Accreditation of a cancer center is granted only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Only 25 percent of all hospitals in the United States have a CoC-accredited cancer program.
“Providing quality, compassionate care has always been a priority for Piedmont Fayette Hospital as it is now in our cancer center,” said Piedmont Fayette Hospital President and CEO Darrell Cutts. “This accreditation is recognition of our commitment to patients in our community who want to receive the high-quality and comprehensive care that they need close to home.”
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) establishes national quality-of-care guidelines and completes on-site reviews to ensure the Commission’s standards of excellence. These guidelines focus on quality of patient care through prevention, early diagnosis, pre-treatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support services, and end-of-life care.
Cancer program surveys are a comprehensive evaluation of the entire scope, organization, and activity of a cancer program. A survey is performed every three years by a physician surveyor who is specially trained to evaluate compliance with the 36 standards that are required for accreditation.
Accredited cancer centers like Piedmont Fayette Hospital meet the CoC’s standards by providing comprehensive care that includes a complete range of services and advanced technology. Accreditation also means patients have access to clinical trials, the latest treatment options, prevention and early detection programs, education and extended support services and a cancer registry that offers lifelong follow-up.
Because cancer is a complex group of diseases, the CoC recognizes and encourages consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary cooperation results in improved patient care.