DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – Through the passion and dedication of its oncology team and Cancer Committee, DuPage Medical Group – Integrated Oncology Program of Duly Health and Care, the only free-standing cancer program in the state of Illinois, has again achieved accreditation status from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC).
“This accreditation reflects the deep level of partnership and commitment to cancer care between our specialties, physicians, clinical and administrative associates working in an orchestrated fashion with patients always at the center,” said Anand Shah, MD, Cancer Committee Chair and Department Chair of Radiation Oncology for Duly Health and Care. “It further validates patients have access to high-quality, compassionate care for cancer close to home in an outpatient setting.”
DuPage Medical Group’s Integrated Oncology Program has earned voluntary CoC accreditation by meeting CoC quality care standards. By being evaluated every three years through an intensive survey process, Duly continues to maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.
Established by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the Commission on Cancer (CoC) is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. There are currently approximately 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed patients with cancer. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home.
With CoC accreditation, DuPage Medical Group’s Integrated Oncology Program has access to cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care. Patients also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan.
Like all CoC-accredited facilities, DuPage Medical Group’s Integrated Oncology Program maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. 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.
“We’re honored to receive this accreditation again as it provides our patients with additional assurance that they are receiving the highest standard of care delivered within our Cancer Program and across all of Duly Health and Care,” said Don Hoscheit, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Duly Health and Care.
About Duly Health and Care
Duly Health and Care is the largest independent, multi-specialty physician-directed medical group in the nation with more than 1,000 primary care and specialty care physicians and more than 7,000 team members, in over 150 locations. The Duly Health and Care brand encompasses three medical groups – DuPage Medical Group, Quincy Medical Group and The South Bend Clinic. The organization is wholly dedicated to helping all it serves flourish by challenging the expected to deliver the extraordinary in health and care.
Duly Health and Care physicians and team members support individuals in their personal health journeys each year, helping each one meet their extraordinary potential through a holistic care delivery model designed to make health and care welcoming, simplified and personalized. For more information, visit www.dulyhealthandcare.com.
About the Commission on Cancer
Established by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in 1922, the multidisciplinary CoC establishes standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care delivery in health care settings; conducts surveys in health care settings 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.
About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 87,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. “FACS” designates that a surgeon is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
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