Maria Parham Cancer Center earns honors

Mar. 12, 2014 @ 06:26 PM

The Cancer Center at Maria Parham Medical Center was recently granted a three-year accreditation with commendation.

The distinction comes from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

For the Henderson hospital to qualify, the cancer program had to meet or exceed 34 quality care standards, undergo evaluation every three years through a survey process and maintain a level of excellence in comprehensive patient-centered care. Exceeding standard requirements at the time of the triennial survey enables a facility to obtain the accreditation with commendation.

Maria Parham’s cancer center maintains and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base, a registry that tracks, analyzes and explores trends in cancer care.

“This achievement reflects the highest quality of cancer care available anywhere,” Catherine Blankenship, the center’s director, said through a prepared statement. “Our program not only met the standards to become accredited but also exceeded the requirements to receive commendation in several areas. Hospital administration and our strong clinical team have made the commitment to achieve and continue to challenge ourselves in how we provide multidisciplinary cancer care and awareness in our area.”

The accreditation was the result of a long-term effort among the hospital’s staff.

“This was a tremendous team effort that took years to accomplish,” Bob Singletary, the hospital CEO, said in the prepared statement released by the hospital. “Data retrieval and analysis, continuing education, involvement with cutting edge research, physician engagement and compliance with many regulatory and professional standards went into the work. I am very proud of the team that brought this prestigious honor to MPMC.”

Patients at a Commission on Care facility such as Maria Parham, a Duke LifePoint Hospital, have access to clinical trials, new treatments, genetic counseling, services for psychosocial support, patient navigation and survivorship care plans.

More than 1,500 cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico are accredited by the Commission on Care.