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WCA Hospital Public Relations
WCA HOSPITAL CANCER PROGRAM RECEIVES APPROVAL WITH COMMENDATION
American College of Surgeons Surveyor Notes Program Excellence during Site Survey
Jamestown, New York—WCA Hospital’s cancer program has been granted a three-year approval with Commendation Level of Compliance by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). Only 25 percent of all hospitals across the United States receive this designation. In New York State, only one in four programs share this honor.
Approval by the CoC 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.
“Providing high quality, compassionate care is our top priority at WCA Hospital,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO. “This designation recognizes the high quality of comprehensive cancer care available at WCA and demonstrates our commitment to providing residents of the communities we serve with access to skilled medical specialists who are involved in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. This approval also assures our patients that they do not have to travel great distances from home to receive top rated cancer care. It is right here, close to home.”
Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1932, the Approvals Program sets standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to make sure they conform to those standards. Recognizing that cancer is a complex group of diseases, the program promotes consultation among surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. That multidisciplinary cooperation results in an improved patient care.
A facility receives a Three-year approval with Commendation following the 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 (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement).
In granting WCA Hospital its cancer program approval, the CoC on-site surveyor noted that the cancer program, “has many cases diagnosed early”, “has implemented changes that improve access to care and outcomes”, “is a great hospital”.
Receiving care at a CoC-approved cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to: comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the art services and equipment; a multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options; information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options; access to cancer-related information, education, and support; a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up; ongoing monitoring and improvement of care; and, most importantly; quality care close to home.
“WCA’s comprehensive cancer program is led by a highly-skilled multidisciplinary team of physicians, clinicians, and support staff that work together to coordinate the best possible care for our patients and community,” notes Daniel Glotzer, MD, FACS, and Cancer Liaison Physician for the cancer care program at WCA Hospital. “We congratulate WCA and our cancer care team for their hard work, compassion, and excellent standard of care that has made this distinguished designation possible.”
The Commission on Cancer approval is nationally recognized by organizations such as The Joint Commission, American Cancer Society, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Quality Forum and the National Cancer Institute as having established performance measures for the provision of high-quality cancer care. Currently in the United States, 80 percent of cancer patients are diagnosed and treated at a CoC-approved cancer program.
WCA Hospital of Jamestown is Southwestern New York's largest not-for-profit health care provider, offering an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient acute care and rehabilitation services. WCA is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and American College of Radiology; and is approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. For more information, please call (716) 664-8614 or visit www.wcahospital.org.