Albany Med Earns National Accreditation for Cancer Care Services
October 16, 2018 - Albany , NY
Albany Med’s Cancer Care Program has received a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer, an American College of Surgeons’ program that holds cancer treatment programs to the highest standards of care.
The accreditation follows an on-site evaluation in April by a commission surveyor and the review of a survey application record provided to the commission by Albany Med. During the accreditation process, the Commission on Cancer examines the entire scope, organization and activity of a cancer care program.
To receive accreditation, a program must meet 34 Commission on Cancer 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.
As an accredited cancer care center, Albany Med offers patients numerous benefits that include a multidisciplinary team approach to care, state-of-the-art services and equipment, and information about clinical trials and new treatment options.
“We are very pleased to have received this accreditation from the American College of Surgeons,” said Associate Medical Director Daniel Pauze, M.D. “Their mission mirrors our own, which is to improve the overall care and quality of life of cancer patients. To see the hard work of so many clinicians and caregivers being recognized is very affirming.”
As part of the accreditation process, Albany Med will devote additional resources to enhance screenings that gauge patients’ overall well-being, as well as expand access to post-treatment care plans.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.7 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2018. There are currently more than 1,500 cancer programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. These facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed patients with cancer. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a cancer center accredited by the commission, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The American College of Surgeons provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each of its accredited cancer programs through the Commission of Cancer Hospital Locator at https://www.facs.org/search/cancer-programs.
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 734-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other health care professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with more than 450 doctors. Albany Med is affiliated with Columbia Memorial Health and Saratoga Hospital to provide the largest locally governed health system in the region. Combined, these three hospitals offer nearly 1,100 beds and outpatient locations throughout the Capital Region. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
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