Johnston Health has received national accreditation for enhancing its care and treatment of cancer patients.
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted the health care system a three-year accreditation with commendation for meeting or exceeding 34 quality care standards. The health care system’s cancer program will be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and must maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.
The accreditation means that Johnston Health takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.
“During the past three years, our cancer care committee has worked hard to enhance our care and to ensure that we have quality, comprehensive services for our patients,” says Chuck Elliott, president and CEO of Johnston Health. “Cancer is such a taxing disease that we want patients to be able to get the care they need right here in Johnston County.”
The accreditation program provides the framework for Johnston Health to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum 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 from an accredited 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 that every patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.
Like all accredited facilities, Johnston Health maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base, a joint program of the commission and American Cancer Society. 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 data base and used to explore trends in cancer care. 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 accredited facilities with their quality improvement efforts.
When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at an accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The commission provides the public with information on the resources, services and cancer treatment experience for each accredited cancer program through the commission’s hospital locator at https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/cancer.
Learn more about Johnston Health’s cancer services here.
About the Commission on Cancer
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer 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