Demonstrates commitment to improving cancer care across continuum
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU Cancer Institute Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center today announced that it has received accreditation under the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation Program.
The ACS CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for patients with cancer by setting and raising standards.
CoC accreditation is granted to institutions committed to providing high-quality cancer care by demonstrating compliance with the CoC standards. Each cancer program must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance with the CoC standards. To maintain accreditation, cancer programs must undergo a site visit every three years. The CoC accreditation standards supply the structure for providing all patients with a full range of diagnostic, treatment, and supportive services either on-site or by referral, including community-based resources.
As a CoC-accredited institution, the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center also becomes an ACS Surgical Quality Partner. Being a Surgical Quality Partner signifies an institution’s dedication to consistently improving procedures and approaches, while maintaining a critical eye on process at every step. The Surgical Quality Partner designation lets patients know the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center is dedicated to quality and relentless self-improvement and has been verified or accredited by the ACS. Patients can trust that the care they receive at Surgical Quality Partner hospitals adheres to the most rigorous standards in surgical quality.
“This accreditation is a long-standing and highly prestigious award earned by the relentless attention to high quality multidisciplinary cancer care,” Hannah Hazard-Jenkins, M.D., F.A.C.S., director of the WVU Cancer Institute and breast surgical oncologist, said. “The added distinction of being a Surgical Quality Partner speaks to the drive to constantly improve the quality of care we deliver to patients with cancer.”
“ACS Quality programs are grounded in more than a century of experience and participation is an important measure of a hospital’s surgical quality,” ACS Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Patricia L. Turner, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S., said. “As an ACS Surgical Quality Partner, the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center has shown a commitment providing the best possible patient care, evaluating that care in a rigorous fashion, and dedicating themselves to continuous self-improvement.”
About the WVU Cancer Institute
The WVU Cancer Institute is a regional network of care centers offering access to highly advanced experts and technologies close to home, allowing for better outcomes. The flagship location, the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center in Morgantown, West Virginia, boasts the state’s largest group of specialized programs, such as multidisciplinary teams, psycho-oncology, oncologic physical therapists, and unique programs, including the only Gamma Knife, transplant and cellular therapy, and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy programs. Patients and families receive support from nurses, dietitians, social workers, and financial counselors, ensuring that everyone who seeks us out for diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up has access to the latest advancements and innovations in cancer care. For more information, visit WVUMedicine.org/Cancer.
About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 88,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. “FACS” designates that a surgeon is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.