Published on March 17, 2010

Washington Adventist Hospital Receives Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation as a Community Hospital Cancer Program

American College of Surgeons Notes Excellence of Program during Site Survey

Takoma Park, Md.- Washington Adventist Hospital's cancer program has been granted a full three-year accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). Only 25 percent of U.S. hospitals are currently accredited, of which only a minority exceed standards, to receive commendation. This prestigious designation, granted by the ACoS's Commission on Cancer (CoC), 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 receive this important recognition for our cancer program," said Joyce Portela, Senior Executive Officer at Washington Adventist Hospital. "This accreditation means that cancer patients in our community receive the high-quality and comprehensive care that they need close to home."

In order to receive accreditation by the Commission on Cancer, 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.

In granting Washington Adventist cancer program's accreditation, the CoC noted that the program goes "above and beyond" the standards and achieved commendation in the "majority of categories, both related to the quality aspects as well as the administrative aspects of the program."

"Washington Adventist Hospital's cancer program is lead by a multidisciplinary team that works together to coordinate the best possible care for our patients and community," explained Debra Pollak, Executive Director of Cancer Services for Adventist HealthCare and Washington Adventist Hospital.

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 288-bed acute-care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Washington Adventist Hospital is Montgomery County's first cardiac center, performing more than 500 open-heart surgeries and more than 6,000 heart catheterizations each year. 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.