Brookwood’s Cancer Program Approved by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted a Three-Year Approval with Commendation to the cancer program at Brookwood Medical Center.
A facility receives a Three-Year Approval 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.
The multidisciplinary CoC establishes standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care; surveys facilities to assess compliance with those standards; collects standardized data from CoC-accredited health care settings to measure cancer care quality; uses data to monitor treatment patterns and outcomes and enhance cancer control and clinical surveillance activities, and develops effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery, and outcomes in health care settings.
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of 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. Its membership is comprised of 97 individuals who are either surgeons representing the American College of Surgeons or representatives from the 42 national, professional organizations affiliated with the CoC.