The John Stoddard Cancer Center has been granted Three-Year Accreditation with Gold Level Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).
As part of the voluntary accreditation process, the John Stoddard Cancer Center was evaluated on 34 CoC quality care standards and received the Gold Level Commendation by exceeding the standard requirements in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.
"The CoC accreditation acknowledges that cancer patients in central Iowa don't have to travel far to receive high-quality care," said Steven P. Heddinger, MD, chairperson of the Stoddard Cancer Committee and medical oncologist with Medical Oncology & Hematology Associates.
CoC accreditation demonstrates a commitment to providing comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care. When cancer patients receive care at a CoC facility, they have access to a multidisciplinary team that coordinates the best available treatment options, resulting in improved patient care. The John Stoddard Cancer Center is privileged to work with skilled physicians
in 11 specialty areas and support staff who offer a range of services
Patients at the John Stoddard Cancer Center have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services including psycho-social support, care coordinators and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors' quality of life. During the review, the John Stoddard Cancer Center was recognized as a model for its care coordinator program and survivorship care plan.
"Our dedicated team continues to lead efforts to provide compassionate, coordinated care for our patients and their families," said Carma Herring, executive director of the John Stoddard Cancer Center. "Through our specialty services, we offer support throughout their entire cancer journey."
"Cancer care is increasingly complex and requires a committed and well organized team," said Dan Kollmorgen, medical director of the John Stoddard Cancer Center and surgical oncologist at The Iowa Clinic. "This accreditation is the highest level awarded and represents years of effort by multiple physicians and staff."
The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for the John Stoddard Cancer Center to continuously improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow up for recurrent disease and end-of-life care. The John Stoddard Cancer Center has been continuously accredited since 1979.
There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2013. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients.