FLINT — The Max E. Dodds Cancer Program within Hurley Medical Center has received accreditation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
Hurley’s Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program has also been granted a full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.
About the Max E. Dodds Cancer Program Accreditation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons
The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted Three- Year Accreditation with Commendation to the cancer program at Hurley Medical Center, a distinction held by the Medical Center since the program’s inception in 1954To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed the 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.
As a CoC-accredited cancer center, Hurley Medical 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 multidisciplinary partnership contributes to the delivery of some of the best patient care possible.
“The CoC of the American College of Surgeons sets quality of care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Re-accreditation with commendation is given only to facilities –like Hurley Medical Center, that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. Hurley Medical Center provides the most outstanding clinical care and compassion for patients and their families, and we are proud to have earned this award,” said Raouf Mikhail, MD, FACS, FRCS.(C), Medical Director, Hurley Cancer Center Chair, Hurley Department of Surgery and Director, Hurley Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program.
The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Hurley Medical Center to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus 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. “When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also 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 the care each patient receives in an effort to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life”, said Catherine Houle, Cancer Center Coordinator. — G.G.