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Program earns commendation from American College of Surgeons
The Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children has received a full three-year accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons (ACOS) Commission on Cancer. This designation represents the nation’s highest standard of excellence in cancer care. Only about 25 percent of U.S. hospitals have earned the Commission on Cancer (CoC) accreditation and duPont Hospital is just the 11th children’s cancer program to be accredited.
- To receive accreditation, the center voluntarily participated in a rigorous physician-led survey of its facilities and practices. This was Nemours’ first CoC survey. The surveyors found Nemours to be compliant with all ACOS standards and worthy of commendation in five areas, including clinical trial accrual, cancer registrar education, public reporting of outcomes, nursing care and pathology protocols.
- The ACOS surveyors summarized their favorable impression of Nemours: "It was a true pleasure to survey this center. The facility is superb overall and state-of-the-art, from information technology to the patient experience. They have addressed all of our new standards and have them in line already."
- Established nearly a century ago, the ACOS Commission on Cancer is a consortium of organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard setting, prevention, research, education, monitoring and quality improvement.
- The ACOS Committee on Cancer encourages facilities to become voluntarily accredited. Elements key to successful pursuit of accreditation include provision of state-of-the-art evaluation, staging, treatment, and clinical follow-up for cancer patients; staff education; family participation; quality improvement processes; and data-driven monitoring and evaluation.
"We are extremely proud to have earned this accreditation, demonstrating that our program provides the highest level of patient care, education and support," said E. Anders Kolb, MD, Director, Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. "Our patients and their families can be assured that they have access to the best and most comprehensive care available."