Phoebe Marketing News Release
ALBANY, Ga. – Physicians and Staff with Phoebe’s Cancer Center today are celebrating a prestigious designation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.
The designation is one of only 18 awarded in Georgia and the only facility south of Macon that has achieved this level of accreditation. The Phoebe Cancer Center has recently earned a three-year national accreditation by the American College of Surgeons and the breast cancer program has been named a Center of Excellence by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
“These three designations represent a commitment to excellence by the physicians, clinical staff and support staff here at the Phoebe Cancer Center,” said Linda Van der Merwe, vice president of oncology services. “It also represents a commitment to excellence going forward.”
Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:
Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options, and
Quality breast care close to home.
Both of these designations come on the heels of Phoebe’s entire Cancer Program at Phoebe also being granted three-year approval with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
“We are dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and the monitoring of outcomes for patients with diseases of the breast,” said Phoebe Cancer Center Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Chirag Jani. “This will allow us to strategically build leadership by inviting leaders from the major disciplines that routinely work together to diagnose and treat breast disease. Working toward one goal, this multidisciplinary group formed the NAPBC Board that mutually defined 27 program standards and 17 program components of care that collectively provide the most efficient and contemporary care available for patients diagnosed with diseases of the breast.”
Receiving care at a Commission approved cancer program ensures that a patients will have access to: comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment; a multispecialty, 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 quality care close to home.
Each Commission-approved cancer program reports cancer patient data to the Commission’s National Cancer Data Base, a joint Commission on Cancer/American Cancer Society program. The national database currently contains patient demographics, tumor characteristics, and treatment and outcomes information for more than 18 million cancer patients diagnosed and treated at hospital cancer programs in the U.S. between 1985 and 2004. These data account for nearly two-thirds of newly diagnosed cancer cases in the U.S. each year.
The national database is regularly used to monitor and improve the quality of patient care delivered in Commission-approved cancer programs. The Commission requires programs to implement quality improvement initiatives that promote the delivery of quality, multidisciplinary cancer care and lead to ongoing educational interventions with local providers in the Commission-approved cancer programs.
Through an exclusive partnership with the American Cancer Society, the Commission provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each Commission-approved cancer program. This information is shared with the public on the American Cancer Society’s Web site at www.cancer.org and through the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345.
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission 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 NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.
The American College of Radiology, headquartered in Reston, Va., is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs for focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology, as well as the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services.