March 20, 2014
Richmond, Va. (March 20, 2014) – HCA Virginia’s Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital recently achieved three-year reaccreditation with Gold Level commendation through the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).
This is the highest accreditation award possible from the Commission on Cancer, which evaluates cancer programs and their ability to achieve standard-setting, prevention, research, education and continued monitoring of comprehensive quality cancer care.
“We are honored to be recognized again by the American College of Surgeons for clinical excellence in cancer care,” said Danna Johnson, M.D., chairperson, Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital Multidisciplinary Cancer Committee and cancer liaison physician to the Commission on Cancer. “This is truly a testament to those who are making a difference day after day to ensure that our patients are our top priority.”
According to Johnson, less than 20 percent of hospitals achieve accreditation at this level.
To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.
Three-year accreditation with commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey.
There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals that provide care to more than 70 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients annually.
HCA Virginia’s Cancer Care Network includes the largest multidisciplinary cancer care team in Virginia. For more information, call 804.HCA.CARE.
The Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. For more information, visit http://www.facs.org/cancer/.