SwedishAmerican’s Cancer Program receives approval with commendation

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Approval with Commendation to the cancer program at SwedishAmerican Hospital. SwedishAmerican is among an elite group of cancer programs to receive the Approval with Commendation.

SwedishAmerican received the Three-Year Approval with Commendation following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which SwedishAmerican demonstrated a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement).

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC 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.

The philosophy of SwedishAmerican’s Regional Cancer Center is to provide compassionate, supportive, comprehensive cancer care for the community. In addition to providing preventive strategies to those who are well, the center offers oncology education to patients, families and other regional health care providers.

At SwedishAmerican, patients benefit from the region’s largest number of oncology physicians and a nationally certified staff of nurses, radiation therapists, physicists, social workers, pharmacists, chaplains, and dieticians who work together to provide a unique team approach to cancer care.

The Regional Cancer Center consists of a private 10-room oncology unit, an outpatient medical/hematology oncology department, a radiation oncology department, and an outpatient hospital infusion room. Additional patient services include:national clinical trials, pain management, home health, comprehensive breast care team, and integrative complementary medicine.

For further information about the Regional Cancer Center at SwedishAmerican, call (815) 489-4700.

From the Jan. 4-10, 2006, issue

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