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Published on February 19, 2013

Washington Adventist Hospital Cancer Program Earns Prestigious Re-Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

Takoma Park, MD Washington Adventist Hospital's cancer program has again been granted a full three-year accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). Only about 30 percent of U.S. hospitals are currently accredited, of which only a minority exceed standards to receive commendation. This prestigious designation highlights the excellence and high quality of Washington Adventist Hospital's cancer program.

"Providing high quality, compassionate care is a top priority for us at Washington Adventist Hospital. We are pleased to again receive this important recognition for our cancer program," said Joyce Newmyer, President of Washington Adventist Hospital.

"This accreditation means that cancer patients in our community receive the high-quality, comprehensive and coordinated care that they need and deserve close to home," said Jane Peck, Executive Director of Cancer Care Services for Adventist HealthCare. “Our commitment to a high-caliber service is demonstrated through our ACoS CoC accreditation with commendation."

In order to receive accreditation by the CoC, hospitals must successfully undergo a rigorous evaluation and performance review, and demonstrate a commitment to providing the highest level of quality cancer care. The process includes an on-site evaluation during which the hospital is required to demonstrate compliance with multiple standards that represent the broad scope of the cancer program such as cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, comprehensive clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

This accreditation indicates that the quality of cancer care services offered at Washington Adventist Hospital is in line with some of our nation’s top cancer treatment centers,” said Shailendra Kumar, M.D., Cancer Committee Chairman.

The CoC surveyor, Claro L. Pio Roda, M.D., FACS, commented that “One of the strengths of Washington Adventist Hospital's program is a strong focus on the lower income demographic of patients served, their disparities and their barriers to care.

CoC approval is nationally recognized by organizations such as The Joint Commission, American Cancer Society, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Quality Forum and the National Cancer Institute as having established performance measures for the provision of high-quality cancer care. Currently in the United States, 80 percent of cancer patients are diagnosed and treated at a CoC-approved cancer program.

Washington Adventist Hospital is a 252-bed acute-care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Washington Adventist Hospital is Montgomery County’s first cardiac center, performing hundreds of open-heart surgeries and thousands of heart catheterizations each year. The Hospital is the first accredited Cycle III Chest Pain Center in the DC Metro Area. Washington Adventist Hospital is part of Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery system based in Rockville, Maryland, that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.

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