2016-17 Cancer Network Annual Report

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Accreditation

Quality is our First Priority

Hospitals within the Sentara Cancer Network have achieved or are on the path to achieving accreditation from the American Commission on Cancer. The Commission on Cancer key principles of accreditation include measurement and proof of performance in providing:

  • Quality care close to home
  • Comprehensive care
  • A multidisciplinary team approach Information and education Patient-centered services Options for genetic assessment and counseling, and palliative care services
  • Care monitoring and quality improvement
  • Treatment planning based on evidence-based national treatment guidelines
  • Clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Follow-up care including a survivorship care plan
  • Patient tracking through the cancer data system

Accreditors

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers – NAPBC

All Sentara Comprehensive Breast Centers are fully designated with the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and work with the American College of Surgeons cancer programs to maintain this status. NAPBC standards focus on breast health and dedication to the improvement of quality care and outcomes through evidence-based standards. The NAPBC defines 28 program standards and 17 program components of care that collectively provide the most efficient and contemporary care available for patients.

American College of Radiology Accreditation

Since 1987, the ACR has accredited more than 35,000 facilities in 10 imaging modalities. The ACR offers accreditation programs in CT, MRI, breast MRI, nuclear medicine and PET as mandated under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act as well as for modalities mandated under the Mammography Quality Standards Act.

American College of Radiation Oncology Accreditation

All Sentara Cancer Network radiation therapy centers are fully accredited by the ACRO with the exception of Sentara RMH Medical Center, which is accredited by the American College of Radiology, and follow practice standards for radiation oncology. Accreditation is a voluntary process in which professional peers identify standards indicative of a quality practice, and an audit is conducted to assure that these standards are followed.

College of American Pathologists Accreditation

The CAP, the leading organization of board-certified pathologists, created the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program. Designed to go well beyond regulatory compliance, the program helps laboratories achieve the highest standards of excellence to positively impact patient care. The program is based on rigorous accreditation standards that are translated into detailed and focused checklist requirements. The comprehensive program helps achieve a consistently high level of service throughout a healthcare system.