The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) recertified Oak Hill Hospital's accreditation, which its cancer program has been fully accredited since 1991.
The three year approval with commendation is given after an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a "commendation level of compliance" with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program. In addition, a facility receives a compliance rating for all of the standards.
Oak Hill Hospital received accreditation with five commendations. It is the only hospital in the area to receive accreditation with five or more commendations. Oak Hill Hospital's commendations were in the following areas: Outcomes analysis (an annual report with an outcome study was published each year); Abstracting timeframe (100 percent of abstracts reviewed by the surveyor were completed within six months); Prevention and early detection (multiple prevention and early detection programs are offered to the community each year); Cancer education for cancer registry staff (staff participated in educational activities each year and attended a national activity during the survey cycle); Cancer related quality improvements (several quality improvements were implemented each year by the Cancer Committee.
The Commission on Cancer was established by the American College of Surgeons and is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons, and 40 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.
Approval may be one of the best values in healthcare. The institutions involved in the Approvals Program represent a broad base network of comprehensive cancer care programs and offer the entire spectrum of cancer controlled activities, from prevention to rehabilitation and long term follow up. It is estimated that approved programs annually diagnose and treat 80 percent of all new cancer cases. This statistic emphasizes the level of commitment to resources that commission approval programs have made to the care of patients with cancer.
Approval by the Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities that are 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 approval, facilities with Commission on Cancer approval cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.
For more information about the Commission on Cancer visit their website at www.FACS.org/cancer/index.html.