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The Columbus Regional Hospital Cancer Center recently earned accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
The CoC Accreditation Program sets quality of care standards for cancer programs and reviews programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities must undergo an onsite review every three years.
The onsite evaluation is conducted by a physician surveyor who assesses a center based on cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement. Applying for and maintaining accreditation is voluntary.
"Seeking accreditation is a commitment to ensuring that our patients have access to the full scope of services required to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and support patients and their families," said Jim Bickel, CRH President and Chief Executive Officer. "It allows us to compare our program and improve performance based on nationally recognized quality measures and standards of care. The continuous evaluation reaffirms our commitment to providing the very best quality cancer care."
The Columbus Regional Cancer Center team includes board certified radiation and medical oncologists, board certified radiation physicists, certified oncology nurses and certified radiation therapists. The Cancer Center is also supported by a multidisciplinary team including a social worker, triage nurse, registered dietician, full-time oncology pharmacist and on-site phlebotomist.
Each year, the Columbus Regional Hospital Cancer Center performs nearly 12,000 chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments for nearly all forms of cancer.