The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to East Texas Medical Center Cancer Institute along with a small select group of accredited cancer programs that were surveyed in 2011.
"We are very pleased to have received this recognition for providing the highest level of quality cancer care," said Todd Sigmon, vice president of the ETMC Cancer Institute. "The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a high level of compliance with established standards in areas such as: leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach,and quality improvement."
Only around 20 percent of the cancer programs surveyed in 2011received this award. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have committed to providing the highest levels of quality cancer care. "This means we undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of our performance every three years," Sigmon said. "Nationwide only thirty percent of all hospitals are CoC accredited cancer programs. For the physicians,providers, and administrators at ETMC to make the commitment to offer this level of care is a great resource for cancer patients wishing to stay in East Texas from diagnosis through treatment."
In 1990, ETMC's Cancer Institute became the first oncology program in East Texas to be certified by the CoC, placing it among the elite hospitals in the nation with approved cancer programs. In 2011, ETMC was granted another three-year accreditation with commendation to the cancer program.
Receiving care at a commission-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 multispecialty, 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.
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.
- Quality care close to home.