Atlanta, Ga. (April 7, 2014) – Piedmont Cancer recently became part of a select group of cancer networks in the United States to be accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). As part of the network, Piedmont Atlanta and Piedmont Fayette hospitals have been granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation.
To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, cancer programs 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. Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to facilities that exceed standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey.
“We take a very unique approach to treating cancer,” said John Goodman, executive director of oncology services at Piedmont Healthcare. “Collaboration among multidisciplinary specialists is key to helping our patients achieve the best possible outcomes. Our patients can rest assured knowing they’re in the best hands.”
When patients receive care at a CoC facility like Piedmont, 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.
“For years, we have recognized the power of treating the whole patient, going beyond medicine and supporting the patient’s emotional and psychological well-being,” said Goodman. “With the creation of Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness at Piedmont, we were able to offer cancer patients, survivors and even caregivers free services and programs like counseling, yoga, expressive arts classes, cooking demonstrations and more.”
Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Piedmont 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.
Currently, there are more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, less than five percent of which are network programs. 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 at http://www.facs.org/cancerprogram/index.html.