Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Crown Point’s cancer treatment program has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, while the American College of Radiology has designated the hospital a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.
The American College of Surgeons three-year accreditation followed on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor, during which the hospital demonstrated a commendation level of compliance with eight of eight standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program.
Karin Kolisz, Franciscan St. Anthony Health vice president of clinical services, praised the commitment of the hospital staff for earning the designation.
“The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Accreditation requires the commitment of considerable resources to the care of cancer patients. We are proud of our staff and physicians for this achievement. Together, they coordinate a full spectrum of cancer care, including prevention, early detection, staging, treatment, rehabilitation, psychosocial support and long-term follow-up.”
According to the commission, an accredited cancer program assures a patient will have access to:
- Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
- A multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate best treatment options.
- Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.
- Access to cancer-related information, education and support.
- A cancer registry.
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.
- Quality care, close to home.
The American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation is presented when a health care facility becomes accredited in mammography, breast ultrasound and breast biopsy.
The following areas are evaluated:
- Equipment, imaging and processes
According to the American College of Radiology, “The Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of ACR’s voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.”
Kolisz of Franciscan St. Anthony Health also lauded the effort. “While we have always been very proud of the care provided in our Breast Care Center, obtaining this recognition demonstrates the dedication of our staff and physicians, as well as our commitment to quality breast care.”