Hospitals in Providence, Los Angeles earn new accreditation as an integrated network cancer program

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From the northern San Fernando Valley to the South Bay, cancer patients in Providence receive the same exemplary care at five locations, all part of one specialized network where shared expertise advances cancer diagnosis, treatment and research through clinical trials.

This Providence Integrated Network Cancer Program recently received a new three-year reaccreditation from the prestigious American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, earning a perfect score.

“This is fantastic and demonstrates the commitment to high-quality care for our communities in Los Angeles and beyond,” said Laureen Driscoll, CEO of the Providence South Division, which includes operations in California. “As a former oncology nurse and a leader who had programs at the Commission on Cancer, I know this is an outstanding achievement.”

The network is powered by a collaboration that determines the best protocols, based in part on regular meetings of a range of specialists who share experiences, perspectives and new findings specific to each case. The network consists of Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center; Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills; Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Burbank; Providence Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica; and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance.

“Thanks to this network and the experts who lead it, our cancer patients can choose their community hospital and receive the same quality, compassionate care, close to home and family,” said Brad Bott, network manager of Providence South Division Clinical Institutes, which encourages shared expertise within the health organization’s operations in California. “The network provides access to top oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, nurses and a full menu of support services, including Oriental medicine combined with traditional therapies.”

Among the surveyor’s comments after meeting with physicians and administrators was praise for the “clearly deep” commitment to the network, which includes 1,000 certified physicians providing cancer care.

To achieve accreditation, cancer programs must meet 36 quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain a level of excellence in delivering comprehensive patient-centered care.

Accredited cancer centers take a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that require consultation between surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists.

This collaboration results in better patient care.

When patients receive care at an accredited hospital, they also have access to new treatments, genetic counseling and patient-centered services, including psychosocial support and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors . .

Like all Commission on Cancer-accredited facilities, Providence maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base, a joint program of the Commission on Cancer and the American Cancer Society. This national database of oncological outcomes is the largest clinical disease registry in the world.

Data on all types of cancer is tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to examine trends in cancer care. Commission-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 assist accredited cancer programs in their quality improvement efforts.

Ed. Note: The above information was provided to KHTS Radio by Providence.

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