The Cancer Program at St. Bernards Medical Center has been re-accredited with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a comprehensive community cancer program. (The “with commendation” signifies that the St. Bernards program exceeds standard requirements.)
To earn three-year accreditation, a program must meet or exceed 34 quality care standards and must be evaluated every three years to ensure it maintains excellence in comprehensive patient-centered care. St. Bernards Cancer Center previously received this accreditation in 2015.
As a CoC-accredited cancer center, St. Bernards takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating 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 has been proven to result in improved patient care.
“Our patients at the St. Bernards Center Center receive the highest level of care and we are thrilled that an outside organization assessed our program and awarded us this accreditation,” said Dr. Mazen Khalil, hematologist/oncologist at St. Bernards. “The multidisciplinary approach we take to patient care utilizes the knowledge and skills of many different healthcare specialists.”
The CoC accreditation program provides a framework for St. Bernards to continually improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs focusing on the full spectrum of cancer care – prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease and end-of-life care.
The CoC stresses that when patients receive care at a facility they have accredited, those patients also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling and other 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 the quality of life for cancer survivors.
St. Bernards Cancer Center is also certified by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative, which recognizes high-quality care for outpatient hematology-oncology practices within the United States.
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.
St. Bernards Medical Center is a 438-bed acute care hospital that serves as the referral center for patients in 23 counties in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. It is the largest trauma center in this quadrant of the state and has centers of excellence in cancer care, heart care, women’s and children’s services and senior services. St. Bernards developed the first comprehensive cancer center in the region 25 years ago, allowing patients to receive the finest care while remaining close to home.