The Commission on Cancer Grants a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the Fairfield Medical Center Cancer Care Program
LANCASTER, Ohio (January 18, 2012) – The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted a three-year accreditation with commendation to the Cancer Care Program at Fairfield Medical Center (FMC). Less than 25 percent of all hospitals in the United States receive the Commission’s accreditation.
Pictured from left, Joyce Cox, oncology nurse navigator, Dr. Kanwaljit Singh and Ivy O'Neal, Oncology Nurse Navigator.
FMC received the accreditation following a rigorous on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which FMC demonstrated the highest level of compliance with quality-of-care standards across the full spectrum of cancer care services. Areas of the program evaluated include: committee leadership, cancer data management, patient care services, research, community outreach and quality improvement measures.
“Such a distinction is indicative of the hospital’s commitment to deliver the best cancer care possible to residents in Southeastern Ohio,” said Joyce Cox, oncology nurse navigator. “We are able to provide better care to our patients because of this accreditation and it speaks volumes about the dedication that Fairfield Medical Center has shown for our community’s cancer care program.”
Accreditation by the commission is given only to those facilities that are voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care. To maintain commission on cancer accreditation, facilities must undergo an on-site review every three years. FMC’s cancer care program has been accredited since 1998.
As an accredited cancer program, FMC patients are ensured access to:
• Comprehensive care, including state-of-the-art services and equipment.
• A multi-specialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options, including two Oncology Nurse Navigators to help patients navigate through the care process.
• Access to cancer-related information, education and support.
• A cancer registry that collects data on types and stages of cancers and treatment results, offering lifelong patient follow-up.
In 2012, FMC will be adding a second oncologist, Dr. Roopa Srikantiah, who will join the FMC medical staff in March. She brings 11 years of experience and will join oncologist Dr. Kanwaljit Singh, who has 16 years of cancer care experience.
FMC also recently expanded its oncology nurse navigator program, which assists patients in the management of their cancer care, with the addition of Ivy O’Neal, R.N., B.A. She joins FMC Oncology Nurse Navigator Joyce Cox, M.S.N., C.N.P., O.C.N. For questions or more information, please call (740) 687-8663.
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