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EMH Cancer Program Receives Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation
11/07/2012

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:

Kristen R. Davis - EMH Healthcare
440.329.2859


ELYRIA, OH – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the cancer program at EMH Elyria Medical Center.A facility receives a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor, during which the facility demonstrates 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).  In addition, a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards.

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 multi-specialty 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
  • Quality care close to home

As EMH’s Cancer Liaison Physician for the CoC, Ravi Chari, M.D., FACS, is proud we have once again received this accreditation with commendations.  “This designation reflects our ongoing dedication to extending expertise, compassion, and to provide excellent cancer care to people in our community,” says Dr. Chari. “EMH has maintained Cancer Program accreditation since 1983.”

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2012.  There are more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, representing close to 30 percent of all hospitals.  This 30 percent of hospitals diagnose and/or treat approximately 80 percent of all newly-diagnosed cancer patients each year.  In addition, a national network of more than 1,650 volunteer Cancer Liaison Physicians provides leadership and support for the CoC Accreditation Program and other CoC activities at these local facilities.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organization 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 49 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.


About EMH Healthcare

EMH Healthcare’s mission is to improve the health of our community through safe, high-quality and cost-effective care. To fulfill this mission, EMH Elyria Medical Center, EMH Amherst Campus, The EMH Center for Health & Fitness in Avon, and a multi-disciplinary medical staff provide services to meet the needs of the community.  EMH Elyria Medical Center was founded in 1908 as a community hospital and is committed to providing expert care and exceptional caring to all. For more information, visit www.emh-healthcare.org

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