Virtua Cancer Program accredited by American College of Surgeons
Virtua's Cancer Program received a three year, full accreditation with commendation designation by the Commission on Cancer, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.
Accreditation is earned by centers that voluntarily commit to provide the highest level of cancer care, undergo a rigorous evaluation process and performance review of leadership, data management, clinical services, research, and community outreach and quality improvement.
"This accreditation is a clear indication of the exceptional quality care and service provided to cancer patients at Virtua," said Richard P. Miller, Virtua President and CEO. "We collaborate across medical disciplines to provide the highest level of care and service based upon individual patient needs."
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.4 million cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2009. The accreditation program sets quality of care standards for cancer programs and reviews the conformity to those standards. Accreditation is given only to facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and undergo a rigorous evaluation and performance review. To maintain accreditation, programs are reviewed every three years.
Virtua ensures that patients have access to:
- Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
- A multidisciplinary, 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 stages of cancers and treatment results as offers lifelong patient follow-up.
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.
- Quality care close to home.
"Virtua is committed to providing our patients with every advantage in their battle against cancer, including the latest treatment and navigation options," said Kim Mazzei, AVP of Virtua's Oncology Program of Excellence. "We are honored that our cancer program has received such an outstanding recognition by the American College of Surgeons."
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Through a partnership with the American cancer Society, the Commission provides the public with information on resources, services and treatment for accredited cancer programs.
As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare
, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
and the Fox Chase Cancer Center
. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit www.virtua.org