COC Approval 
 
Friday, 13 April 2007 
 
 
Cancer Program at Saint Francis Hospital – Memphis
Receives Approval with Commendation from
Commission on Cancer 

     The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted a Three-Year Approval with Commendation to the cancer program at Saint Francis Hospital – Memphis. A facility receives a three-year approval with commendation following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. During the evaluation, 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).
     “I am always impressed by the quality of our oncology staff and by the care they provide,” said David Archer, chief executive officer of Saint Francis Hospital – Memphis. “This recognition by the Commission on Cancer underscores their achievement in this critically important medical field.”
     There are currently more than 1,400 Commission on Cancer-approved cancer programs in the US and Puerto Rico, representing close to 25 percent of all hospitals. These same hospitals diagnose and or treat 80 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. 
    The approvals program, a component of the Commission on Cancer, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Approval by the Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities 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. To maintain approval, facilities with Commission on Cancer-approved cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years. 
    Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer-approved cancer program ensures that 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 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 offers lifelong patient follow-up 
    · ongoing monitoring and improvement of care 
    · quality care close to home 
    Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer 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.