St. Luke's Cancer Care receives National Accreditations

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted accreditation to St. Luke’s Cancer Care. St. Luke’s is one of a select group of 13 facilities accredited in the State of Iowa and has been accredited since 2010. St. Luke’s has also been granted a three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. We are the only breast center in Cedar Rapids to receive the NAPBC accreditation.

About the CoC:

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortiumof professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and representatives of 47 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

The CoC's core functions include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards; collecting standardized, high-quality data from accredited facilities; and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state, and local levels.

There are currently more than 1500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and these facilities treat 71 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to the full quality spectrum of comprehensive cancer care close to home.

About the NAPBC:
The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care. 

During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease. 

In order to earn approval by the CoC and NAPBC, St. Luke’s voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer and underwent a rigorous evaluation process and review of its performance. 

“Receiving accreditations from the American College of Surgeons confirms St. Luke’s is a leader in our community in caring for patients with a cancer diagnosis,” shares Director of Cancer Care, Kimberly Ivester, “We are fortunate to have strong provider collaborations to assure we are exceeding quality metrics and adhering to national guidelines in the screening, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.”

St. Luke’s Cancer Care
St. Luke’s is experienced in treating many forms of cancer with the most common cancers being breast, lung, prostate, colon and bladder cancer. St. Luke’s diagnosed or treated over 1000 cancer patients last year. Across the care continuum, 35 percent of nurses caring for cancer patients are Oncology Certified. In addition St. Luke’s collaboration with the Nassif Community Cancer Center provides the most extensive support services to improve the quality of life of patients and families in our community regardless of when and where they received their cancer diagnosis. 

St. Luke's Cancer Care provides state of the art technology, including DaVinci robot, IOeRT and Truebeam. Our focus is on assuring evidence-based guidelines are used to provide the highest quality care across the continuum. St. Luke’s is also home to the Albert G. & Helen Nassif Radiation Center, providing the very latest technology and radiation therapy treatment options. 

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