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Cancer Program Awarded Accreditation

St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital Cancer Program Awarded Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation

Quakertown, PA (2/2/2011) - The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital's cancer program.

The Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation was presented following the onsite evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement). In addition, a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards.

“We're delighted to have received this distinction for the third consecutive survey cycle,” says Joe Pinto, administrative director of Oncology Services, St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network. “It decisively demonstrates that St. Luke's continues to uphold the highest quality standards and excellence in cancer care.”

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 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 Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality of care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities who have voluntarily committed to providing the highest quality of cancer care ant that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient 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 state of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up; ongoing monitoring and improvement of care; and, most importantly, quality care close to home.

About St. Luke's Cancer Centers

St. Luke's Cancer Centers provide care to approximately 2,200 new patients each year, offering general cancer care as well as advanced programs for melanoma, lung, breast, prostate, gynecological and gastrointestinal cancers, and brain and spine tumors. St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network is building a new 48,000-square outpatient cancer center at the Richard A. Anderson Campus in Bethlehem Township. This new center will open in January 2012.

For more information on cancer services at St. Luke's Quakertown hospital, please call St. Luke's InfoLink toll-free at 1-866-STLUKES.