The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), granted a three-year re-accreditation to the cancer program at Capital Health Medical Center — Hopewell. “Receiving this accreditation again underscores our commitment to meeting the highest national standards of care,” said Dr. Cataldo Doria, medical director of Capital Health’s Cancer Center and an internationally renowned hepato-pancreato-biliary surgeon.
Established in 1922, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients. The CoC accreditation program provides the framework for providers to maintain its high quality of patient care through various 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 and a patient navigation process that seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.