July 24, 2012
The Cancer Center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) recently received another three-year accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC).
Three-year accreditation with commendation is awarded when the program complies with all CoC standards and receives a commendation rating for at least one or more of the eight eligibility categories of standards. The Cancer Center at NGMC received commendation in the following categories of standards: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.
“Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer is an important designation for a comprehensive cancer center,” says Charles Nash, III, MD, a medical oncologist with The Longstreet Clinic and medical director of the Cancer Center at NGMC. “This accreditation with commendation reaffirms to the patients we serve and the physicians who refer them that they will receive excellent cancer care at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.”
As a CoC-approved cancer program, the highly-trained physicians, nurses and other clinical staff at the Cancer Center ensure that patients have access to a variety of services including state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment options in radiation, medical and surgical oncology; a comprehensive team approach in coordination of patient care; and access to approximately 60 ongoing cancer research trials. NGMC also provides access to cancer-related information and education through its many support services including its patient navigator program, which provides individual counseling and education specific to the patient’s treatment; financial counseling; pastoral care; and support groups for patients, families and caregivers.
The Cancer Center at NGMC cares for more than 1,600 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year as well as recurrent cancer patients with ongoing treatment needs. In addition to services on the main campus in Gainesville, the Cancer Center has a satellite location in Stephens County, the Toccoa Cancer Center, which serves patients throughout northeast Georgia.
For more information about the Cancer Center at NGMC, please visit our website at www.nghs.com/cancer or call 770-219-8800.
About the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC):
The CoC is a consortium of medical 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. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of their performance and processes.