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 following organizations:
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.
American College of Radiology
The Cancer Care Centers are also accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of its practice. Image quality and procedure evaluations are conducted by board-certified radiologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field. The program also evaluates personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.
The ACR accredits facilities in: Breast ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography, nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET), stereotactic breast biopsy, ultrasound, and radiation oncology.
When you choose an ACR-accredited facility, you know:
- Your center has voluntarily gone through a rigorous review process to be sure it meets nationally-accepted standards
- The personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform and interpret your medical images and administer your radiation therapy treatments
- The equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive, and the facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines