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Hospital Receives ACoS Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer

October 05, 2010

Augusta, GA – The Cancer Care Center at Doctors Hospital has received accreditation from the Commission on Cancer by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). The Cancer program earned an approval award with six commendations.

What this means for patients and the community is that Doctors Hospital has demonstrated that it has met and exceeded the standards and quality of care as defined by the ACoS. 

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

Comprehensive care includes state-of-the-art services and equipment, a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care, information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options, access to prevention and early detection programs, education and support services. It also guarantees provision of a cancer registry with lifelong follow up, ongoing monitoring and improvements in cancer care and most importantly, quality care, close to home.

"ACoS approval for the Cancer Care Center is a great achievement for our cancer program and a tribute to the physicians and staff at Doctors Hospital and their dedication to our patients to offer the very best in comprehensive cancer treatment,” said Lance Danko, Director of Oncology Services. According to Danko, only about 20 percent of all cancer centers have ACoS accreditation and approximately 80 percent of people diagnosed with cancer choose to be treated at an accredited cancer program center.

About Doctors Hospital: Doctors Hospital is a full service acute-care hospital. Doctors Hospital specializes in Women’s Services, Orthopedics, and Cancer Care, and is home of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, which cares for over 3,000 patients annually.

About ACoS: 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-approved 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.

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