Johnston Health has received national accreditation for its care and treatment of cancer patients.
The Commission on Cancer, part of the American College of Surgeons, has given the health-care system a three-year accreditation for meeting or exceeding 34 quality-care standards. The commission will evaluate Johnston Health’s cancer program every three years.
The accreditation means Johnston Health takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases requiring consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists. This approach results in improved patient care.
“During the past three years, our cancer-care committee has worked hard to enhance our care and to ensure that we have quality, comprehensive services for our patients,” said Chuck Elliott, president and chief of Johnston Health. “Cancer is such a taxing disease that we want patients to be able to get the care they need right here in Johnston County.”
The accreditation program provides the framework for Johnston Health to improve patient care by focusing on the full spectrum of cancer care, including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, lifelong follow-up for recurrent disease and end-of-life care.
When patients receive care from an accredited facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling and patient-centered services, including psycho-social support and survivor care.
Like all accredited facilities, Johnston Health maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base, a joint program of the commission and American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology-outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world.
Through the database, data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed and used to explore trends in cancer care. Accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional and state benchmark reports. These reports help accredited facilities with their quality=improvement efforts.
When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at an accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The commission provides the public with information on the resources, services and cancer-treatment experience at http://www.facs.org/cancerprogram/index.html.