Accreditations in Cancer Care at Southeast Georgia Health System
Why is Accreditation Important?
If you must choose a cancer care provider, it's important to consider
accreditations. When a health care provider earns an accreditation, it
represents years of diligence and a commitment to upholding a stringent
set of medical standards and protocols. It also means that adherence to
those standards is continually reviewed and evaluated by the accrediting
Southeast Georgia Health System and its Cancer Care Centers are accredited
by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation Program encourages hospitals,
treatment centers and other facilities to improve their quality of patient
care through various cancer-related programs. These programs focus on
prevention, early diagnosis, pre-treatment evaluation, staging, optimal
treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support
services and end-of-life care.
Five elements are key to the success of a CoC-accredited cancer program:
- The clinical services provide state-of-the-art pre-treatment evaluation,
staging, treatment and clinical follow-up for cancer patients seen at
the facility for primary, secondary, tertiary, or quaternary care.
- The Cancer Committee leads the program through setting goals, monitoring
activity, evaluating patient outcomes, and improving care.
- The cancer conferences/tumor board meetings provide a forum for patient
consultation and contribute to physician education.
- The quality improvement program is the mechanism for evaluating and improving
- The cancer registry and database is the basis for monitoring the quality of care.