Published on November 19, 2013

Commission on Cancer Accredits Baptist

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Commission on Cancer has awarded the academic cancer program of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville full accreditation with commendation for three years.

CoC-accredited facilities must comply with 36 standards and demonstrate commitment to the community and cancer patients through their organization of cancer services, high-quality care and a program that improves access to care and patient outcomes. CoC-accredited programs participate in the National Cancer Data Base and have access to Comparison Benchmark Reports and other resource tools to compare their quality of care and improve their performance.

"We could not have achieved CoC accreditation without physician or administrative support," said Dr. Stephen B. Edge, director of the Baptist Cancer Center. "Our medical team is key to the success of our cancer program and making nationally recognized cancer care available at the Baptist Cancer Center and throughout the Mid-South."

The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations, established by the American College of Surgeons in 1922, dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. According to the ACS, more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed patients are treated at the more than 1,500 COC-accredited programs in the United States.

On Monday, June 10, 2013, Baptist Memorial Health Care broke ground on the Baptist Cancer Center, the area’s first integrated cancer care center, slated to open in mid-2015 near the campus of Baptist’s flagship hospital, Baptist Memphis. The Baptist Cancer Center will be a regional referral center for cancer patients and their families.

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