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Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital Earns National Accreditation

Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital Earns National Accreditation

WEST CHESTER, PA — The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS)<, has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the cancer program at the Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital.

To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed the CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey.

Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, the Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.

“Our cancer program provides the community with a full scope of cancer care, including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, personalized treatment plans and rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease and many support services for both patients and their caregivers,” says William Luginbuhl, MD, Medical Director at the Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital.

When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

Like all CoC-accredited facilities, the Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and are used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports. These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.

When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home.

Source: Chester County Hospital, 701 E Marshall St, West Chester, PA 19380
Image: The Infusion Bay at The Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA

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