The Huntington Memorial Hospital Cancer Center (HHCC) has been granted a three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) following a site evaluation in July, indicating the hospital has demonstrated compliance with the many standards which represent the scope of its cancer program.
"Our cancer center has once again received accreditation with commendation, ensuring our patients with cancer that they are being treated with the highest level of care and the best practices in cancer treatment available today," said Howard Kaufman, MD, medical director of HHCC.
The cancer center was judged on its leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement. The surveyor specifically complimented Huntington Hospital's array of nurse navigators, specially trained registered nurses who guide patients through every aspect of a cancer diagnosis, from scheduling physician visits to symptom management to post discharge care.
Accreditation by the CoC is given to facilities who have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality care and work continuously to conform to rigorous standards.
"This is wonderful news for our cancer center, but even better for our cancer patients," said Stephen A. Ralph, hospital president and CEO. "I am very proud that we can offer our patients the highest level of cancer treatment and technology, but it is our physicians and nurses and the dedicated cancer center staff who really make a difference. That's what this accreditation stands for."