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April 18, 2017
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Cancer Program at University Hospital Receives 3-Year Accreditation from American College of Surgeons
Oncology Program Meets 34 Quality Care Standards
Newark, NJ -- The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has granted a three-year accreditation to the cancer program at University Hospital. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.
As a CoC-accredited cancer center, University Hospital utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to treat cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care. In 2016, University Hospital announced a new partnership between Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey that resulted in the expansion of National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center services to the greater Essex region.
University Hospital is very pleased to receive the accreditation from the CoC,” said John N. Kastanis, MBA, FACHE, President and CEO of University Hospital. “This is the second year that University Hospital has earned the accreditation. It highlights University Hospital’s continued commitment to provide our patients with outstanding medical care in partnership with one of the nation’s premier medical schools.”
“The provision of cancer care is a team effort that requires the expertise of physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to provide the best care. University Hospital’s accreditation by the CoC is a reflection of our commitment to work together to provide the best possible treatment for our patient’s needs.” said Ravi J. Chokshi, MD, Attending Physician and Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Chokshi also chairs the hospital’s Oncology Committee.
The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for hospitals across the country to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care. When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.
Like all CoC-accredited facilities, University Hospital maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. It also hosts an extensive range of outreach activities designed to educate.
This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports. These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2017. There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed patients with cancer. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at https://www.facs.org/search/cancer-programs.
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes 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. For more information, visit: www.facs.org/cancer.
University Hospital is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, and is the Level 1 Trauma Center for Northern New Jersey. Located at University Heights in Newark, New Jersey, University Hospital is a principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and a regional resource for advanced services across many medical specialties. For more information about University Hospital, please visit www.uhnj.org.