SwedishAmerican among first to receive Gold Seal of Approval for lung cancer

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Rockford’s SwedishAmerican Hospital is among the first in the nation to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval by demonstrating compliance with the organization’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care for lung cancer.

Prior to receiving the recognition Sept. 19, SwedishAmerican underwent rigorous preparation for the on-site survey. The hospital and outpatient clinic sites were evaluated for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including program management, delivery of clinical care, supporting patient self-management, clinical information management and performance measurement.

SwedishAmerican Hospital has achieved this distinction as a “Lung Cancer Center of Excellence” through its integrated approach to providing world-class lung cancer care.

We are in an elite group, since there are only five other lung cancer-certified hospitals in the country, with the closest one being in Columbus, Ohio,” said SwedishAmerican Health System CEO Dr. Bill Gorski. “This honor affirms our commitment to the highest level of care for patients with lung cancer.”

Lung cancer is the second-most-common cancer in both men and women. It often goes undetected until the cancer has reached an advanced stage, which can affect survival.

Patients diagnosed with lung cancer require a team approach to their care. At SwedishAmerican, a team of specialists from multiple disciplines jointly evaluate patients with known or suspected lung tumors in a timely and coordinated manner. A registered nurse serves as a navigator, assisting the patient with education, support and coordination of services throughout their diagnosis and treatment.

Posted Oct. 9, 2013

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