September 29, 2011 -
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted three-year approval with commendation to the cancer program at Olympic Medical Cancer Center in Sequim. The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is a group of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients by identifying and setting clinical standards, as well as through prevention, research, education, and monitoring of comprehensive quality care.
Olympic Medical Cancer Center received this honor based on its cancer services, including the scope of high-quality care provided to patients and through a program that examined quality and implemented changes that improve access to care and patient results.
“Receiving this recognition is testament to the great work done by the cancer center team,” says Scott Kennedy, MD, chief medical officer at Olympic Medical Center. “I would also like to recognize the great work done by the OMC cancer committee and its members, which also includes professionals from pathology, diagnostic imaging, surgery, strategic development, administration and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.”
CoC accreditation is granted to facilities that voluntarily commit to provide the best cancer diagnosis and treatment, and are able to comply with established CoC standards. Nationally, there are 1,400 accredited programs, representing close to 25 percent of hospitals. Olympic Medical Cancer Center received accreditation along with three areas of commendation, meaning the program demonstrates successful compliance with 36 standards of performance without deficiency and with commendation in one or more standards. The cancer center received three areas of commendation:
· Standard 2.11: The cancer committee analyzes patient outcomes and disseminates the results of the analysis on an annual basis. The cancer center received commendation due to its annual report.
· Standard 4.6: The guidelines for patient management and treatment required by the CoC are followed; 90% of cancer pathology reports include all of the scientifically validated data in accordance with the College of American Pathologists (CAP) protocol and the quality of patient care is actively monitored by the cancer committee using CoC quality reporting tools. The cancer center’s compliance was 100%.
· Standard 6.2: Three or more prevention or early detection programs are provided on site or are coordinated with other facilities or local agencies annually. The cancer center provides four.
Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer-approved cancer program, such as the one at Olympic Medical Cancer Center, ensures patients receive quality, comprehensive care by a coordinated team close to home. It also ensures access to information on new clinical trials and treatment options, prevention, early detection programs and support services, a cancer registry and ongoing monitoring and improvements in cancer care.
“We are very pleased to see the American College of Surgeons recognize the work done by all of OMC's staff,” says Thomas Kummet, MD, medical oncologist and medical director of Olympic Medical Cancer Center.“It’s our mission to provide quality care to our cancer patients on the Peninsula.”
About the Commission on Cancer
Established by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) in 1922, the multidisciplinary CoC establishes standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care delivery in health care settings; conducts surveys in health care settings to assess compliance with those standards; collects standardized data from CoC-accredited health care settings to measure cancer care quality; uses data to monitor treatment patterns and outcomes and enhance cancer control and clinical surveillance activities, and develops effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery, and outcomes in health care settings. For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit its Web site at http://www.facs.org/cancer/coc/cocar.html.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.