The nationally recognized Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted the Torrance Memorial Hunt Cancer Institute a three-year accreditation with commendation.
This achievement follows an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrated a commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program. These standards include: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.
The Torrance Memorial Hunt Cancer Institute is comprised of expert physicians, nurses, and staff teamed together to guide patients through a personalized treatment plan. It offers exceptional service, compassionate treatment, and complete cancer care tailored to individual patient needs.
The ACoS was established in 1922. The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients. CoC-accredited programs participate in CoC special studies developed to address important issues in cancer care. The CoC standards ensure that all institutes that meet the accreditation requirements will provide comprehensive care to patients, supply patients with access to prevention and early detection programs, offer the latest treatment options, and pledge lifelong patient follow-up.
The core functions of the CoC include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards; collecting standardized and quality data from accredited facilities; and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer center outcomes at the national, state, and local level.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2013. There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, representing close to 30 percent of all cancer hospitals. These hospitals diagnose and/or treat approximately 80 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. In addition, a national network of more than 1,650 volunteer Cancer Liaison Physicians provide leadership and support for CoC Accreditation Programs and other CoC activities at these local facilities.
The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo and on-site review every three years.