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Accredited and Quality Cancer Care

When diagnosed with Cancer, you want access to the most qualified caregivers and quality treatment options.   The PinnacleHealth Cancer Center  is accredited nationally and consistently delivers quality measures above state and national averages.

These are some of the accreditation and awards earned by PinnacleHealth Cancer Center and its supportive services:

Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (COC, ACOS) since 1991

CoC accreditation is a voluntary commitment by a cancer program that ensures its patients will have access to the full scope of services required to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate, and support patients with cancer and their families. A cancer program is able to continually evaluate its performance and take proactive corrective action when necessary. This continuous evaluation reaffirms the commitment of the program to provide quality cancer care.

As a cancer patient, receiving treatment at a CoC-accredited cancer center will ensure that you are receiving quality cancer care. Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program hospital or facility ensures that you will receive:

Quality care close to home

  • Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
  • A multidisciplinary, team approach to coordinate the best cancer treatment options available.
  • Access to cancer-related information and education.
  • Access to patient-centered services such as psychosocial distress screening and navigation.
  • Options for genetic assessment and counseling, and palliative care services.
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.
  • Assessment of treatment planning based on evidence-based national treatment guidelines.
  • Information about clinical trials and new treatment options.
  • Follow-up care at the completion of treatment, including a survivorship care plan.
  • A cancer registry that collects data on cancer type, stage, and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up.

PinnacleHealth has been continuously accredited since 199.  Learn more about the CoC accreditation at http://www.facs.org/cancer/index.html

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), since November 2010

NAPBC is a national coalition of professional healthcare organizations dedicated to the highest quality of care for women and men diagnosed with diseases of the breast. The NAPBC promotes a holistic approach to treatment for patients diagnosed with diseases of the breast, and provides a framework for a continuum of care that meets the needs of the whole person and not just the disease.  

Centers that seek NAPBC accreditation must complete a comprehensive on-line application and an on-site inspection by an NAPBC surveyor who verifies the availability of 17 components of care, and validates compliance with 27 evidence-based standards of care required to achieve NAPBC accreditation. To maintain accreditation the center is required to document ongoing compliance with the standards on an annual basis and undergo an on-site inspection every three years.

To learn more about the NAPBC, visit the NAPBC website at http://www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.

AAGL-COEMIG-Seal_Light-HiRes-CMYK2.jpgPinnacleHealth is recognized as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG)

The Pennsylvania Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery at PinnacleHealth has been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG)TM by AAGL, an internationally recognized authority in minimally invasive gynecology. 

“Being of a Center of Excellence recognizes the importance of our experience and the quality of care provided by PinnacleHealth,” states Jose Misas, MD, medical director of the Pennsylvania Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery at PinnacleHealth. “Our minimally invasive surgical team is dedicated to providing women with the best possible outcome and surgical experience.”

To deliver on its vision of advancing minimally invasive gynecology worldwide, the AAGL partnered with Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) to develop the Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) program as a true quality improvement initiative.

The goal of the COEMIG program is to continue to enhance and develop the safety and excellence of gynecologic patient care internationally. This prestigious program works to increase patient knowledge and access to minimally invasive gynecologic procedures, an innovation in women's healthcare.

Quality Measures

For information regarding quality measures please visit the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance website at http://www.phcqa.org.