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The Cancer Program Receives Commission on Cancer Commendation

The Chester County Hospital earns a Three-Year Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer

Commission On CancerReleased: July 8, 2010

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Program at The Chester County Hospital.

Following an intensive on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor, the Cancer Program has received the Commendation. During the assessment, the Cancer Program demonstrated a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of cancer care, such as committee leadership, data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement. In addition, the Cancer Program received a compliance rating for all other standards.

"The Chester County Hospital has maintained the approval of the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons since 1978," says Hospital President H.L. Perry Pepper. "Earning this Commendation acknowledges the hard work and measured steps that The Chester County Hospital's Cancer Program has taken to become the region's leading provider of cancer care."

Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment;
  • A multi-specialty, 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 stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up;
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care;
  • And, most importantly, quality care, close to home.

"The Chester County Hospital assures its patients that they will not need to travel great distances from home, because the healthcare that they need can be found in their own community," stresses Dennis Berman, MD, Hematologist-Oncologist. "While no one can guarantee the outcome of any type of treatment, by coming to the CoC-approved Cancer Program at The Chester County Hospital, patients are sure to receive the best in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, as well as full consultative services from all medical disciplines involved in diagnosing and treating cancer."

The Chester County Hospital is a member of the Penn Cancer Network, which is a prestigious designation that reflects excellence in cancer treatment, research, clinical services, education, information services and community outreach. With CoC recognition, the Hospital has extended its tenure of accreditation through the year 2013.

About the Commission on Cancer
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC 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. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

The core functions of the CoC include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards; collecting standardized and quality data from accredited facilities; and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state and local level.

Last Updated: 7/8/2010