Valley View Regional Hospital Cancer Program has been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.
Bruce Van Horn, MD, Medical Director of the Cancer Registry Program was advised of this national recognition for the 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 addition the facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards.
“Valley View Regional Hospital is one of the only 16 accredited hospitals in the state of Oklahoma and has maintained accreditation the past 40 years,” said Dr. Van Horn, “ We feel honored to be included in this elite group of cancer programs.”
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that more than 1.5 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2010. There are currently more than 1,400 Commission on Cancer (CoC) –accredited cancer programs in the US and Puerto Rico, representing close to 25 percent of all hospitals. This 25 percent of hospitals diagnose and/or treat 71 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.
Accreditation 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. Lindsay Snow RHIA, CTR Cancer Registrar for eight years, states
“Although I am not in direct patient care, I feel that my contribution as the Cancer Registrar is the least I can do for the patients we serve in Ada and the surrounding communities. “
To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.