January 27, 2014
Bay Pines, FL – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) recently granted a three-year accreditation with commendation to the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System’s cancer program. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 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.
Three-year accreditation with commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey. The Bay Pines VAHCS has been continuously accredited by the CoC since 1995.
"Achieving another three-year accreditation for our cancer program is a true testament to our organization’s team-oriented approach to providing health care that is personalized, proactive and patient-driven," said Kris Brown, Associate Director, Bay Pines VAHCS.
"Through the accreditation process, our health care professionals – surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, nurses, tumor registrars and more – have displayed that they use and advocate a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment. This model of health care delivery has resulted in improved patient care for the men and women we have the honor to serve," she said.
The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for the Bay Pines VAHCS 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 that document the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.
Like all CoC-accredited facilities, the Bay Pines VAHCS maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society (ACS). 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.
ACS estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2013. There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals. For more information about the CoC, please visit www.facs.org/cancer.
About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 3,500 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization is the fourth busiest VA health care system in the country in terms of patients served and is accredited by The Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and several other nationally recognized accrediting organizations. The Bay Pines VAHCS operates nine facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring.