The Agnesian Cancer Center has been granted a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).
To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 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.
Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, the Agnesian Cancer Center 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 patient care.
The Agnesian Cancer Center provides comprehensive and coordinated cancer care close to home for patients in a 10-county area. The main facility is located on the Agnesian HealthCare campus in Fond du Lac where hematology, medical oncology and radiation oncology services are provided. Hematology and medical oncology services are also provided at two satellite facilities in Ripon and Waupun.
“We are thrilled to continue our re-accreditation with the Commission on Cancer,” says Bill Daly, director of Agnesian HealthCare Oncology Services. “We have received this distinction since 1980. The rating indicates how well an organization compares to all approved programs in the country. We are extremely pleased to receive this affirmation validating the quality of our services.”
The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for the Agnesian Cancer Center 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, lifelong 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, the Agnesian Cancer Center 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.
Physicians providing care at the Agnesian Cancer Center include: hematologists and medical oncologists Michael Jones, MD, Joel Lundberg, MD, and Sameer Tolay, MD; radiation oncologists, Filip Troicki, MD, and Michael Vander Kooy, MD; and nurse practitioners Kelly Hagner, Rebecca Lentscher and Lisa Michels.
For more information about the Agnesian Cancer Center, call (920) 926-4100.