The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted a three-year accreditation to Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross, formerly Satilla Regional Medical Center.
The CoC is a group of health care professionals and organizations whose mission is to improve survival and quality of life for cancer patients. The commission has implemented a platform of high standards to help practitioners and health systems provide patients with quality cancer care. The CoC has been reviewing and granting accreditation to health care systems since the 1930s.
“Maintaining this voluntary accreditation demonstrates our dedication to offering the best in cancer care,” says Kenneth Calamia, M.D., chief executive officer. “Our goal is to remain an accredited facility by continuing to surpass the CoC’s standards.”
A facility receives accreditation and commendation following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. The facility must demonstrate an exemplary level of compliance with one or more criteria representing the scope of the cancer program. Accreditation from the CoC is nationally recognized by organizations such as The Joint Commission, American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute.
Efforts to receive accreditation from the CoC were implemented by the late Dan Terry, M.D. and further pursued by Keath Wade, M.D. and David Wykstra, M.D., along with a Cancer Committee consisting of 13 other physician and non-physician members. Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross received this esteemed acknowledgement by showing excellence in one or more areas of the CoC's standards. Those standards include cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement. The current standards used to evaluate cancer centers uphold the four historic foundations of the Accreditation Program: (1) a multidisciplinary cancer committee, (2) cancer conferences, (3) evaluation of quality outcomes and improvements, and (4) a cancer registry.
Mayo Clinic Health System’s patients and community have received benefits such as access to include state-of-the-art services and equipment, information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options, access to prevention and early detection programs, as well as cancer education and support services. Access to the National Cancer Data Base that collects data on cancer type, stage, and treatment results will aid in the improvement and continuation of quality care for patients. Maintaining the voluntary accreditation demonstrates the hospital’s dedication to offering the best in cancer care. To maintain accreditation, site reviews are conducted every three years.