Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving the survival and quality of life of cancer patients.
The accreditation program, a component of CoC, sets quality of life care standards for cancer programs and review each program to ensure they are in compliance with the standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review.
There are currently more than 1,450 CoC accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico. To maintain accreditation, the cancer center must undergo an on-site review every three years.
"The CoC accredited cancer program approval ensures patients will receive comprehensive care, a multi-specialty team approach to care, information on new treatment options, access to cancer-related information and ongoing monitoring and improvement of care while staying close to home," said Linda Mann, RN and cancer center manager.
In this year's review of 21 standards, the cancer center at PCH received commendations in seven of the eight areas of accreditation. The eighth area included in the survey deals directly with research and therefore was non-applicable for the local center.
The facility has been in operation for 25 years and was acknowledged for the services provided to the area with a plaque at the conclusion of the survey in June.