The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has once again granted Three-Year Accreditation to Mercy Medical Center’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center.
To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must: meet or exceed 34 CoC quality care standards; be evaluated every three years through a survey process; and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered care.
As a CoC-accredited cancer center, Hall-Perrine Cancer Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among medical and radiation oncologists, as well as surgeons, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.
The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Hall-Perrine Cancer Center to consistently improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care, including prevention, early diagnosis, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care.
“We are pleased to once again receive accreditation from the CoC,” said Dr. Vincent Reid, medical director of Hall-Perrine Cancer Center. “When patients receive care at a CoC facility such as ours, they can be assured of the very best cancer care with access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, nurse navigators, support groups and a comprehensive care plan that seeks to improve quality of life.”
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.7 million cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2018. There are currently about 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.