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American College of Surgeons grants Saint Peter’s accreditation with commendation for cancer program

– Designation signifies “best in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer” –

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (October 23, 2012) - The cancer program at Saint Peter’s University Hospital has been granted a three-year accreditation with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The designation means that Saint Peter’s “has dedicated itself to providing the best in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer” and that the program meets established national standards, according to the ACoS.

“Applying for and maintaining Commission on Cancer accreditation is a voluntary commitment that ensures patients have access to the full scope of services required to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate, and support patients with cancer and their families,” said Ronald C. Rak, J.D., president and chief executive officer of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “This evaluation reaffirms our commitment to provide quality cancer care.”

A facility receives a three-year accreditation with commendation following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor, during which the facility demonstrates a commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement)

The accreditation program, a component of the Commission on Cancer, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer facility ensures a patient will have access to:

  • comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
  • a multispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • access to cancer-related information, education and support
  • a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • quality care close to home

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates 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 and 49 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2012. There are currently more than 1,500 Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, representing close to 30 percent of all hospitals. This 30 percent of hospitals diagnose and/or treat approximately 80 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients. In addition, a national network of more than 1,650 volunteer cancer liaison physicians provide leadership and support for the Commission on Cancer accreditation program and its activities at local facilities.

About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in geriatrics, oncology, orthopedics, women’s services and ambulatory care.

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including pediatric cardiology through its affiliation with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a regional medical campus of Drexel University College of Medicine. Saint Peter’s also sponsors a residency program in orthopedic surgery in affiliation with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

The hospital, part of the Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, is recognized as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is a three-time winner of the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence in Nursing, and is recognized by the American Diabetes Association in all areas of diabetes education. Saint Peter’s is located at 254 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. For more information about Saint Peter’s, please visit www.saintpetershcs.com or call 732-745-8600.

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Contact:
Philip Hartman
Director of Public Relations
Saint Peter’s Healthcare System
New Brunswick, N.J.
732-339-7002
phartman@saintpetersuh.com