SAINT MARY'S CENTER FOR CANCER RECEIVES RE-ACCREDITATION
BY COMMISSION ON CANCER
Local cancer program exceeds rigorous CoC standards
RENO, Nev. – Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 – Saint Mary's Center for Cancer has been granted a three-year
re-accreditation with commendation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC),
a program administered by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). Re-accreditation
by the CoC is only given to cancer centers that enhance the care they
provide by addressing patient-centered needs and measuring the quality
of the care they deliver against national standards.
"We are proud of our physicians and staff who have committed to achieving
re-accreditation by the CoC," said Patty Sredy, administrative director
for Saint Mary's Center for Cancer. "This honor distinguishes
our center as a nationally ranked program and shows our dedication to
providing excellent cancer care to the local community."
To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed
34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through
a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of
comprehensive patient-centered care. Three-year accreditation with commendation
is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the
time of its triennial survey.
Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, Saint Mary's Center for
Cancer takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex
group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and
radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other
cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved
The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Saint Mary's
Center for Cancer to improve its quality of patient care through various
cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care
including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment,
rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease and end-of-life
care. When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access
to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling,
and patient centered services including psycho-social support, a patient
navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care
each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors' quality of life.
Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Saint Mary's Center for Cancer
maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer
Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society
(ACS). 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.
Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center
Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center based in Reno, Nev. is a 380-bed
acute care hospital offering inpatient, outpatient and wellness services.
Nationally recognized and accredited by the Joint Commission, Saint Mary's
offers a robust line of services including a top-rated Center for Cancer
featuring the region's only CyberKnife radiosurgery delivery system,
state-of-the-art William N. Pennington Emergency Room and Senior ER and
a Cardiology program dedicated to long-term wellness. The health system
also operates a fully-integrated Medical Group and a state-of-the-art
Center for Health & Fitness. As a long-standing community partner,
Saint Mary's is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern
Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit