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Commission on Cancer Accreditation

Sarah Cannon at P/SL

Accredited Cancer Program, Denver

This accreditation with commendation by the CoC represents the commitment by Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center’s Cancer Care Program to provide the highest quality cancer care possible.

Receiving care at the Presbyterian/St. Luke’s CoC accredited cancer program ensures 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
  • Access to cancer-related information, education and support
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • Quality care close to home

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL) has more than 150 staff dedicated to cancer care. P/SL is a referral center for a 6 state region for blood cancers, soft tissue and bone cancers, colon cancer, lung cancer and many other complex malignant diagnoses. The Colorado Blood Cancer Institute (CBCI) at P/SL which includes the Rocky Mountain Blood and Marrow Donor Program performs more than 200 blood and marrow transplants a year. In February 2011 we will perform our 2,000th transplant.

“This award is a validation of the P/SL Cancer Care Team’s efforts to consistently provide outstanding care. This award recognizes that not only did we meet national standards for quality cancer care, but for each eligible standard we reached the highest level of achievement,” President and CEO of Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Mimi Roberson. “This is a tremendous honor, as it is rare for an institution to have zero deficiencies, and rarer still to be commended for every level of the survey. Our program is blessed to be staffed by caregivers who are truly passionate about their patients, the service and care we provide, and the outcomes and research to which we are committed.”

The CoC was established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons. It’s 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.

Several of the standards that the Commission on Cancer created require cancer programs to dedicate resources for assisting patients to not only find the right treatment options but to also help them with the emotional, social, financial and physical impact of a cancer diagnosis. CoC accredited programs have demonstrated that they provide these resources.

“This also shows that we enrolled a significant number of patients in clinical trials, offering them access to some of the most promising drug therapies,” Dr. Shawn Young, P/SL Cancer Committee Chair. “This is the second time that we have received this honor, the first being 2007. This level of accreditation with commendation from the CoC is so very important for each and every one of our patients.”

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 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 accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.