The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Program at Doylestown Hospital.
The Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital received this accreditation with commendation following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. The commendation means The Cancer Institute demonstrated excellence in cancer care in leadership, clinical services, research, quality improvement, community outreach and prevention and early detection.
"Our commitment to patients spans a continuum of care from prevention of disease to cure," said Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital Program Coordinator Mitchell Alden, D.O. The Cancer Institute provides patients with access to state-of-the-art treatment in a coordinated multidisciplinary approach in their own community. This team approach means patients benefit from social services, nutritional support, minimally invasive and radiologic diagnostic capabilities, a complete complement of on-site specialists and access to the latest clinical trials."
The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC 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. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.
Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that 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.
Doylestown Hospital opened its expanded Cancer Institute in early May 2011. Radiation Oncology Doylestown, a facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, opened its doors earlier in 2011, adding an additional dimension to integrated cancer care in one convenient location. The Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital is located on the third floor of the Pavilion, which is adjacent to the hospital. Patients may choose a private infusion room or an open setting for their treatments. The space also includes doctors' offices, an onsite pharmacy and research offices. Additionally, The Cancer Institute incorporates MRI, PET/CT, endoscopy, and the Women's Diagnostic Centers of Doylestown Hospital.
Doylestown Hospital has been a member of the Penn Cancer Network for 20 years. Among other benefits of the partnership, Doylestown Hospital physicians and patients of the Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital have the opportunity to participate in the latest clinical research trials of new cancer therapies.
In addition to offering access to Penn radiation oncology services, the Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital brings together integrated, top-quality cancer care and support services on the Doylestown campus, offering the spectrum of cancer care and support in one convenient location (diagnosis, treatment, after care, education, support groups).
- Doylestown Hospital's Women's Diagnostic Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
- First Bucks County-based facility to earn the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) accreditation in November 2010
- Dedicated Breast Care Coordinator/Lung Cancer Navigator (Kathy Nellett, RN, OCN, CBCN)
- Participation in the University of Pennsylvania's Cancer Risk
Evaluation Program (CREP) to assess risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The free risk-assessment program provides our community access to information, evaluation, and genetic counseling with Doylestown Hospital's Certified Genetic Counselor Cheryl Knight, MS, CGC
- All Cancer Institute nurses are trained and certified as Oncology Certified Nurses by the Oncology Nursing Certificate Corporation (ONCC).
- The Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital has an on-site, dedicated pharmacist (Elizabeth Mathew, PharmD).
- Dedicated research nurse (Laura B. Heacock, RN, BSN, OCN)
- Partnership with the American Cancer Society for the Can Surmount, Reach to Recovery, Look Good Feel Better, I Can Cope and Man to Man programs
- An on-site Gilda's Club offers patients and their loved ones a variety of support and educational programs.
- The Ribbons store (located on the first floor of the addition) features wigs, hair accessories, anti-nausea aids and educational materials.
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC 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.
About Doylestown Health
Doylestown Health is a comprehensive healthcare system of inpatient, outpatient and wellness education services connected to meet the health needs of all members of the local and regional community. Doylestown Hospital, the flagship to Doylestown Health has 271 beds and a Medical Staff of more than 435 physicians in over 50 specialties. An independent nonprofit health system, Doylestown Health is dedicated to providing innovative, patient-centered care for all ages.