The Cancer Center at Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill, part of Inspira Health, said Feb. 22 it earned three-year re-accreditation from The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The cancer center at Inspira Medical Center Vineland is also accredited by the CoC.
As a CoC-accredited cancer center, Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill 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 results in improved patient care.
“I am very proud of the efforts of all of those involved in achieving another three years of accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer,” said Dr. Carl Minniti Jr., chairman, Cancer Committee at Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill. “There are many components to the process and it is very clear that the members of our Cancer Committee and Cancer Program worked diligently to achieve the honor, which benefits our institution, but most of all benefits the patients that we serve.”
The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for cancer programs to improve their quality of care by focusing on the full spectrum of cancer care including: prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care. Accredited facilities also provide access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services including psycho-social support, patient navigation, and survivorship care planning.
“The American College of Surgeons’ accreditation process includes a rigorous examination of all aspects of a cancer program,” said Dr. Erev Tubb, medical director of Cancer Services at Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill. “Our patients, as well as members of our community, can be confident that our program has met or exceeded the high standards for quality, safety and support set by the ACoS.”
The American Cancer Society estimates that 1.9 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2021. There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed patients with cancer. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home.