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Wednesday, June 02, 2010 - North Broward Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center Receives Accreditation from Commission on Cancer

Deerfield Beach, FL - The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Broward Health North Broward Medical Center recently received a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation from The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).

North Broward Medical Center earned the accreditation following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the Cancer Center demonstrated a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement).

“We’re thrilled to receive this prestigious accreditation,” says Pauline Grant, CEO of North Broward Medical Center. “Our entire team works very hard to ensure we’re providing nationally recognized cancer treatment to our community.”

Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment; a multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options; information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options; access to cancer-related information, education and support; a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up; ongoing monitoring and improvement of care; and quality care close to home.

The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review ever three years.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

The core functions of the CoC include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards; collecting standardized and quality data from accredited facilities; and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state and local level. For more information, visit www.facs.org/cancer/index.html.

The Comprehensive Cancer Center at North Broward Medical Center features the latest cutting edge technology for early detection of all types of cancers, as well as some of the best treatment options and support programs available. Home to Broward County’s first CyberKnife® Robotic Stereotactic Radiosurgery System, as well as a Varian Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) system, North Broward Medical Center has assembled the most advanced Radiation Oncology equipment available. The Cancer Center team, consisting of surgical oncologists, hematologist oncologists, radiation oncologists, urologists, general surgeons, radiation therapists, oncology-certified nurses, specially trained pharmacists and counselors is dedicated to providing nationally recognized cancer care to the South Florida community.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org.