Our Quality Ratings
Torrance Memorial participates in ongoing quality studies that measure
and compare our patient care and outcomes to established medical standards,
or benchmarks, established by independent outside healthcare review organizations.
Measurement of hospital quality is in its infancy and exactly how and
what to measure is still being developed due to several factors including
the complexity and variability of patient conditions and inconsistent
sources of data between hospitals. Nevertheless, quality studies are an
important facet of consumer choice and availability of comparative data
will continue to expand as the healthcare community gains consensus on
how to perform the appropriate studies. All healthcare consumers stand
to benefit as they become more knowledgeable about the quality of hospital care.
As a consumer trying to make an informed decision on your healthcare provider,
you will benefit by becoming knowledgeable of the results of these studies.
Early detection and state-of-the-art treatment has long been a priority
at Torrance Memorial. Our diagnostic services offer our community the
full complement of available technology and highly trained physicians
to diagnose cancer early and treat it optimally, a key to improving each
patient's odds of survival.
Because Torrance Memorial is accredited by the
American College of Surgeons (ACoS), we participate in this organization's National Cancer Data
Base (NCDB). Data on cancer patient survival is collected from all ACoS
member facilities and published in a national database. Although monitoring
of our NCDB survival data compared to other ACoS member facilities is
ongoing, this year our Cancer Program Annual Report focused on our breast
cancer treatment and outcomes.
Download the 2013 Cancer Annual Report
Below is an ACoS graph comparing five-year survival rate by disease stage
of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. The graph shows that Torrance
Memorial has a better or equal 5-year survival for breast cancer patients
at all stages of disease compared to other ACoS member California and
The five-year survival rate of cancer patients diagnosed at Torrance Memorial,
at each stage of their cancer, is higher than the national average.
*Source: National Cancer Data Base, a joint project of the American Cancer
Society and American College of Surgeons, cancer cases diagnosed in 1993-1994.
**Stages 0-3 represent the different levels of progression of the cancer
at the time of the diagnosis. For example, Stage 0 is an early cancer
and is associated with the highest five-year survival.