September 4, 2013 -
Olympic Medical Cancer Center (OMCC) once again exceeded standards, earning a three-year accreditation with ‘silver’ commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).
"Commission on Cancer accreditation is a voluntary process of which physicians and staff at Olympic Medical Cancer Center are committed to achieving,” says Ken Berkes, director of Olympic Medical Cancer Center. "Patients at our cancer center are ensured through this process that they will have access to a broad array of services needed to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and support them and their families.”
Accreditation awards are based on compliance with 36 standards. In the case of OMCC, it was compliant with all 36 standards. Further, it received a "silver” level of accreditation, earning commendations in six of eight commendation standards.
"This is testimony to the great work that we achieve in our cancer program on a daily basis to provide excellent care for our patients,” says Berkes. "We achieved this accreditation due to the time, talent, contribution and dedication of our clinical providers, staff and cancer committee members.”
The cancer center is also accredited by the American College of Radiology, Joint Commission and the Washington State Department of Health.
Olympic Medical Cancer Center provides the latest cancer technologies and treatments to the North Olympic Peninsula community. Olympic Medical offers the Varian TrueBeam™, the most advanced linear accelerator available today. OMCC offers a multi-disciplinary team and provides comprehensive cancer care services, including state-of-the-art radiation oncology therapies, medical oncology therapies with access to current clinical trials, nutritional support, onsite physical therapy and a patient navigator program all under one roof. In addition to the quality services offered locally, Olympic Medical’s affiliation with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) capitalizes on the resources of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s. Through this partnership to the SCCA, patients have access to clinical trials, offering patients access to the latest drug, immunologic and molecularly targeted cancer therapies before they are widely available. For more information about Olympic Medical Cancer Center services, please visit www.OMCforHope.com or call OMCC at (360) 683-9895.
How are Cancer Programs Accredited by CoC?
Cancer program surveys are a comprehensive evaluation of the entire scope, organization and activity of a cancer program. A survey is performed every three years by a physician surveyor who is specially trained to evaluate compliance with the 36 standards that are required for accreditation. An independent review of a program’s application and supporting documentation is performed by a Cancer Program Specialist team member in the Accreditation and Standards section of Cancer Programs. Program-related activity and standard ratings may also be reviewed by the multi-disciplinary Program Review Subcommittee before an accreditation award is assigned.
About the CoC
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.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral center, and a charter member of both the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (2003) and the Swedish Health Network (2011). Olympic Medical provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.