Certification by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) is only given to hospitals that have voluntarily committed to provide the best diagnosis and treatment of cancer by meeting all 36 standards required by the Approvals Program.
The Approvals Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-care-standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards undergoing a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain approval, facilities with CoC-approved cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.
The ACoS commended The Cancer Care Center at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for excellence in compliance with tumor staging, monitoring guidelines, quality of data submitted, prevention and early detection activities, outcomes analysis, case abstraction, cancer registry staff education and impressive cancer-related improvements implemented each year.
Patients admitted to The Cancer Care Center at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center will now 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.
- And, most importantly, Quality care close to home.
“We are extremely pleased with receiving eight commendations for our Cancer Care Center. It is important for the community to be aware that if they or their loved ones are confronted with cancer, the highest standards of care are available at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. I am proud of the dedication and support we have received from our staff and our physicians,”said Wayne Campbell, CEO of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
Through an exclusive partnership with the American Cancer Society, the CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-approved cancer program. This information is shared with the public on the American Cancer Society’s web site at http://www.cancer.org and through the ACS National Cancer Information Center at (800) ACS-2345.