Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care recognized

Staff Report

Rockford’s OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care, 5666 E. State St., has become one of seven hospitals in Illinois to be recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). To date, only 116 oncology practices nationally have received this designation.

The QOPI Certification Program is a new initiative to certify oncology practices that meet rigorous standards for high-quality cancer care.

We’re very proud to be among the first in the Rockford and northwestern Illinois region to receive this certification from ASCO and QOPI,” said Beth Hayden, director of the OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care. “It proves our commitment to excellence and supports our mission to serve with the greatest care and love.”

Allen S. Lichter, M.D., CEO of ASCO and the president of the QOPI Certification Program, said: “Cancer patients and their families should expect nothing less than accountability and the highest standards from their cancer care providers. QOPI participation reflects a commitment to quality of care that leads to fundamental changes in the clinical practice of oncology.

Oncology practices that commit to quality and safety are those that provide the most optimal cancer care,” Lichter added. “The Certification Program helps practices determine whether they are providing the best treatment and care possible to their patients, and demonstrates a commitment to excellence and ongoing quality improvement in the hematology-oncology outpatient practice.”

QOPI is a voluntary, self-assessment and improvement program launched by ASCO in 2006 to help hematology-oncology and medical oncology practices assess the quality of the care they provide to patients. Through the QOPI program, practices abstract data from patients’ records up to twice per year and enter this information into a secure database.

OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care is the first oncology practice receiving this certification in 2012. More than 700 oncology practices have registered in the QOPI program.

QOPI analyzes individual practice data and compares these to more than 80 evidence-based and consensus quality measures. The information is then provided in reports to participating practices. Individual practices are also able to compare their performance to data from other practices across the county. Based on this feedback, doctors and practices can identify areas for improvement.

The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet standards for quality cancer care.

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center, is owned and operated by OSF HealthCare, an affiliate corporation of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Peoria. Its website is

From the March 28-April 3, 2012, issue

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