Published on July 07, 2020

Holzer Center for Cancer Care Earns National Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

Commission on Cancer Stamp

Commission on Cancer Stamp

The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has granted Three-Year Accreditation to the cancer program at Holzer Center for Cancer Care. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 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. 

Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, Holzer Center for Cancer Care 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. 

"We have a collaborative multidisciplinary team-based approach to cancer care, working closely with regional academic cancer centers such as The Ohio State University, Cabell Huntington Hospital, West Virginia University, and Edwards Cancer Center," stated Sarah Harrigan, MSN, MA, RN, OCN, Oncology Service Line Director, Holzer Center for Cancer Care.

"By building these relationships, we provide our communities the ability to be treated close to home with state-of-the-art technology, following all current national standards of care for radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and hematology," continued Ryan Ramsburg, Dosimetrist, Holzer Center for Cancer Care.

The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Holzer Center for Cancer Care to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care.  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.

In November of 2018, Holzer began using TrueBeam Radiotherapy Service. TrueBeam is a powerful cancer treatment that eliminates cancer cells with increased precision and accuracy while sparing healthy tissue. TrueBeam introduces new possibilities for the treatment of cancers in the lung, breast, prostate, brain, head and neck and more. With enhanced delivery of radiation, TrueBeam can personalize each patient’s cancer treatment.

TrueBeam offers state-of-the-art Stereotactic Body Radiation (SBRT) and Radiosurgery (SRS) treatments, delivering pinpoint radiation. These treatments are like surgery but without cutting or hospital recovery time. Patients can now receive the best and fastest cancer treatment close to home.

"At the Holzer Center for Cancer Care we offer advanced technology with a friendly, caring touch. There's no need to travel far for your treatment, it's offered here at home," said Dr. Divya Arora, Radiation Oncologist, Holzer Center for Cancer Care. "We personalize our cancer care for each patient. We don't just treat cancer, we use a holistic approach to treat the whole patient. We make sure to include their loved ones in the treatment process and understand that a cancer diagnosis is not a 'one-size-fits-all' diagnosis. Our team is committed to always go the extra mile for our patients."

"We treat our patients like family at Holzer Center for Cancer Care,” shared Amity Wamsley, RN, Clinical Coordinator, Holzer Center for Cancer Care.   

Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Holzer Center for Cancer Care 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 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. Holzer Center for Cancer Care (HCCC) provides state-of-the-art treatment for all cancer sites with gentle, competent and individualized care. Medical oncology services include an infusion area for chemotherapy with 12 bays and two private bays for treatment. Radiation Oncology services are provided with advance technology in a relaxed, friendly setting. For more information, call 1-855-4-HOLZER or visit www.holzer.org

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