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Area cancer care center receives accreditation


The Commission on Cancer (CoC) has awarded accreditation to SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Cancer Care Center. Good Samaritan’s Cancer Care Center underwent a recent on-site inspection as part of the CoC’s accreditation process. The Commission on Cancer is a group of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for patients with cancer.

“I am proud of your team’s hard work that made this accreditation possible. It is our goal at SSM Health to provide exceptional care and service through employees and physicians dedicated to our mission,” says Tonya Eller, SSM Health Illinois Regional Director of Cancer Care.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1922, the CoC:

• Establishes standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care delivery in health care.
• Conducts surveys in health care settings to assess compliance with those standards; collects standardized data from CoC-accredited health care settings to measure cancer care quality.
• Uses data to monitor treatment patterns and outcomes and enhance cancer control and clinical surveillance activities.
• Develops effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery, and outcomes in health care settings.

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality of care. Commission membership consists of more than 100 individuals representing the multidisciplinary professionals that comprise the cancer care team. Members include representatives from the American College of Surgeons and nearly 60 national, professional organizations involved in cancer care. Each representative serves on one of the seven standing committees which work to reach the Commission’s goals.

Pictured is the SSM Health Illinois Cancer Committee.

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