DuPage Medical Cancer Program Earns National Accreditation with Commendation

December 02, 2015

DOWN­ERS GROVE, Ill. – DuPage Med­ical Group, the largest inde­pen­dent mul­ti-spe­cial­ty physi­cian group in the Chica­go area, has been rec­og­nized with a Three Year Accred­i­ta­tion with Com­men­da­tion as a Free­stand­ing Can­cer Cen­ter from the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Sur­geons’ Com­mis­sion on Can­cer (CoC). This lev­el of accred­i­ta­tion is the CoC’s high­est dis­tinc­tion for qual­i­ty of care and ensures that DMG’s Inte­grat­ed Oncol­o­gy Pro­gram exceeds all stan­dard require­ments. DMG is the only accred­it­ed Free­stand­ing Can­cer Cen­ter in Illinois.

The CoC Accred­i­ta­tion Pro­gram was estab­lished to help ensure that can­cer patients receive high-qual­i­ty, com­pre­hen­sive and mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary patient-cen­tered care. It pro­vides DMG the frame­work to improve its qual­i­ty of patient care through var­i­ous can­cer-relat­ed pro­grams that focus on the full con­tin­u­um of can­cer care from pre­ven­tion, to diag­no­sis through treat­ment and survivorship.

I am extreme­ly proud of our physi­cians and staff for all the work they have done lead­ing up to this accred­i­ta­tion,” says Dr. Bri­an Moran, Radi­a­tion Oncol­o­gist and Can­cer Com­mit­tee Chair. When we start­ed cre­at­ing the Inte­grat­ed Oncol­o­gy Pro­gram, we brought togeth­er a true mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary team of high­ly-trained spe­cial­ists and state-of-the-art imag­ing. This CoC-accred­i­ta­tion is a great accom­plish­ment and illus­tra­tion of care that I am proud to be part of at DMG. ”

The CoC estab­lish­es qual­i­ty-of-care stan­dards for can­cer pro­grams nation­wide. To achieve and main­tain this vol­un­tary accred­i­ta­tion, pro­grams go through an appli­ca­tion process and are reviewed every three years. Pro­grams must meet 34 qual­i­ty stan­dards and main­tain lev­els of excel­lence in the deliv­ery of com­pre­hen­sive patient-cen­tered care. Accred­i­ta­tion through the CoC is rec­og­nized by major med­ical and health care orga­ni­za­tions like the Nation­al Can­cer Insti­tute, Amer­i­can Can­cer Soci­ety, The Joint Com­mis­sion and Cen­ters for Medicare & Med­ic­aid Services.

CoC-accred­it­ed pro­grams offer patients a mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary approach to can­cer treat­ment that requires col­lab­o­ra­tion among sur­geons, med­ical oncol­o­gists, radi­a­tion oncol­o­gists, radi­ol­o­gists, and oth­er spe­cial­ists. Patients have access to infor­ma­tion on clin­i­cal tri­als and new treat­ments, genet­ic coun­sel­ing, and sup­port ser­vices, includ­ing psy­cho-social sup­port, a patient nav­i­ga­tion process, onco­log­ic pal­lia­tive care and a sur­vivor­ship-care plan that tracks patient care and seeks to improve can­cer sur­vivors’ qual­i­ty of life. 

Like all CoC-accred­it­ed facil­i­ties, DMG main­tains a can­cer reg­istry and con­tributes data to the Nation­al Can­cer Data Base (NCDB), a joint pro­gram of the CoC and Amer­i­can Can­cer Soci­ety. This nation­wide oncol­o­gy out­comes data­base is the largest clin­i­cal dis­ease reg­istry in the world. Data on all types of can­cer are tracked and ana­lyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in can­cer care. CoC-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 help CoC facil­i­ties with their qual­i­ty improve­ment efforts. 

Learn more about DMG’s Inte­grat­ed Oncol­o­gy Pro­gram.

About DuPage Med­ical Group

With more than 475 physi­cians in more than 60 loca­tions, DuPage Med­ical Group is the largest inde­pen­dent, mul­ti-spe­cial­ty physi­cian group in the Chica­go area, pro­vid­ing physi­cian-direct­ed health care focused on qual­i­ty, effi­cien­cy and access. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it www​.duly​healthand​care​.com.

About the Com­mis­sion on Cancer

Estab­lished in 1922 by the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Sur­geons, the Com­mis­sion on Can­cer is a con­sor­tium of pro­fes­sion­al orga­ni­za­tions ded­i­cat­ed to improv­ing patient out­comes and qual­i­ty of life for can­cer patients through stan­dard set­ting, pre­ven­tion, research, edu­ca­tion and the mon­i­tor­ing of com­pre­hen­sive, qual­i­ty care. Its mem­ber­ship includes Fel­lows of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Sur­geons and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 49 nation­al orga­ni­za­tions that reflect the full spec­trum of can­cer care.