Bronson Battle Creek Hospital earns national accreditation for cancer program
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted another three-year accreditation to the cancer program at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 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, Bronson Battle Creek takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that allows for consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists. This results in improved patient care.
“We are very proud to have maintained this accreditation for 20 years,” says Dr. Randy Mudge, medical director and chief of staff. “We have consistently proven our dedication to the work we do and our commitment to our patients by providing distinguished care.”
The CoC Accreditation Program offers a framework for Bronson Battle Creek to provide quality patient care through various cancer-related programs. These focus on all aspects of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease and end-of-life care. When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling and patient centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.
Bronson Battle Creek was commended by the CoC in all seven eligible areas. Areas of commendation include clinical trial accrual, cancer registrar education, public reporting outcomes, College of American Pathologists protocols, nursing care, rapid quality reporting system and accurate data submission.
Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Bronson Battle Creek maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society (ACS). This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-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 CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.
ACS estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2013. There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at http://www.facs.org/cancerprogram/index.html.
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes 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. For more information, visit: www.facs.org/cancer