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Cancer Program at Cleveland Clinic Florida approved by The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

February 2, 2009

Cleveland Clinic Florida has earned Three-Year Approval with Commendation for its cancer program from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. Approval 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.

“Accreditation by the Commission on Cancer recognizes the comprehensive and collaborative care Cleveland Clinic’s unique model of medicine achieves by bringing together a multidisciplinary team of specialists focused on providing patients the best treatment options and care,” says Bernie Fernandez, M.D., chief executive officer of Cleveland Clinic Florida.

As a CoC-approved cancer program, Cleveland Clinic patients are assured access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
  • A multidisciplinary, 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

According to Cleveland Clinic oncologist Elizabeth Stone, M.D., “Patients facing a cancer diagnosis can find comfort in knowing that they have access to the best care when seeking treatment from a cancer program like ours that is approved by the Cancer of Commission. The high standards reflected by the commission’s approval ultimately means better patient outcomes.”

A facility receives a Three-Year Approval with Commendation by demonstrating a commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program - cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement. In addition, a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards. To maintain approval, facilities with CoC-approved cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

“A benefit of being an approved cancer program is that our cancer data is now submitted to the commission’s National Cancer Data Base, and we can participate in CoC/American Cancer Society national studies addressing important cancer problems,” explains Mark Sesto, M.D., chairman of the Division of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida, and a team leader in pursuing accreditation.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer 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. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

Through an exclusive partnership with the American Cancer Society, the CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-approved cancer program. This information is shared with the public on the American Cancer Society’s website at www.cancer.org and through the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345. For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit www.facs.org/cancer/index.html.

Cleveland Clinic, located in Weston and West Palm Beach, Florida, is a not-for-profit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic has approximately 150 physicians with expertise in 35 specialties. The medical campus is fully integrated and includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery, and a 24-hour emergency department located in the state-of-the-art hospital, which was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® in cardiovascular care by Thomson Healthcare in 2007 and 2008. Cleveland Clinic was 1 out of only 4 hospitals in the nation recognized at the Gold level by the American Heart Association for performance in all three categories of the Get with the Guidelines program: Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Failure & Stroke. Cleveland Clinic Florida is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida, visit www.clevelandclinicflorida.org.