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 organization.
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 patient outcomes.
- The cancer registry and database is the basis for monitoring the quality of care.