Once again, MCMC’s Celilo Cancer Center has received the highest possible rating from the independent organization that surveys and evaluates cancer centers nationwide, The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons.
Celilo was awarded the coveted Accreditation with Commendation status, which indicates the center exceeded the CoC’s 36 standards of care and reporting, plus an additional nine measurements.
Commendation status is given to a minority of cancer centers. This level of approval by the nation's leading organization dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients validates years of work by MCMC administration and Celilo staff to create a truly unique, regional cancer center.
The CoC Accreditation Program is concerned with five general program elements that it considers critical to ensuring the highest standards of patient care. They are:
- The center's clinical services provide state-of-the-art pretreatment evaluation, staging, treatment and clinical follow-up for cancer patients.
- The center is led by a cancer committee that sets goals, monitors activity, evaluates patient outcomes and improves care.
- The center's cancer conferences (called tumor boards at Celilo and other centers) provide a forum for patient consultation and contribute to physician education.
- A quality improvement program is the mechanism for evaluating and improving patient outcomes.
- The cancer registry and database is the basis for monitoring the quality of care.
Through the extensive application and on-site survey, the CoC is able to determine the extent a cancer center is meeting or exceeding its standards in each of these areas.
According to the Commission on Cancer, by choosing an Accredited Cancer Program like Celilo Cancer Center, you will receive:
- Comprehensive cancer care and services
- A multi-specialty team-approach to treatment
- Clinical trials information
- Access to cancer-related information, education and support
- And, most importantly, “quality cancer care close to home.”