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The CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs Cancer Center has been granted a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons, the hospital said in a news release.

Accreditation recognizes that the cancer program meets 34 CoC quality care standards, is evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintains levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care, the release said.

"The Cancer Center at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs continually strives to improve patient outcomes and experiences. We work with our patients as they battle to overcome cancer and support them as cancer survivors," said Dr. Doug Ross, president of CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs. "This accreditation reaffirms our ongoing commitment to quality and compassionate care for our community in southwest Arkansas."

"As a CoC-accredited cancer center, CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs 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," the release said.

The 27,500-square-foot Cancer Center provides radiation therapy services, consultations, physician offices, chemotherapy, community education rooms for classes or support groups, a dedicated American Cancer Society resource area and a cancer registry that offers lifelong patient support.

The program follows the CoC accreditation program framework 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, lifelong follow-up for recurrent disease and end-of-life care, the release said.

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.7 million cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2018.

Business on 10/28/2019

Print Headline: CHI St. Vincent Cancer Center earns accreditation

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