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Virginia Hospital Center Earns National Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

For Immediate Release

Maryanne Boster
Director of Corporate Communications
Virginia Hospital Center
tel: 703.558.6595

Arlington, VA (July 10, 2017) — Virginia Hospital Center recently received full, three-year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, the Hospital’s Cancer Program must meet 34 quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered cancer care.

Because it is a CoC-accredited Cancer Center, Virginia Hospital Center 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 collaborative method results in improved patient care.

“At Virginia Hospital Center, we strive to provide the most effective, high-quality, compassionate care to our cancer patients, and we are extremely proud that our program meets such rigorous quality standards,” said James B. Cole, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are humbled that our patients allow us into their lives during such personal and important moments, and our dedicated team of cancer specialists is committed to providing comprehensive, state-of-the-art care for them.”

The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Virginia Hospital Center to continue to improve the quality of its cancer care through a focus on prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease and end-of-life care. In addition, when patients receive care at Virginia Hospital Center, they have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents care and seeks to improve quality of life.

“Accreditation from the CoC cements Virginia Hospital Center’s personalized and quality-driven approach to our patients,” says Neelima Denduluri, MD, Virginia Hospital Center oncologist and chair of the Hospital’s Cancer Committee. “Our standards of care are verified by a respected and reputable national organization and demonstrate adherence to the highest performance measures.”

Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Virginia Hospital Center maintains a cancer registry and contributes to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology outcomes collective is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. Virginia Hospital Center has access to information derived from this data analysis, which contributes to enhanced quality improvement efforts.

To learn more about the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience at each CoC-accredited cancer program, click here.

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 patient outcomes 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. For more information, visit: www.facs.org/cancer.


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