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High Point Regional Health System Hayworth Cancer Center Earns Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation

9/22/2011

HIGH POINT, N.C.--The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CofC) has awarded the Hayworth Cancer Center at High Point Regional Health System with eight of eight possible commendations.

The commendations were recognized as part of the center's three year re-accreditation as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program. Only one in four hospitals holds cancer program accreditation from the American College of Surgeons. The program includes more than 36 measures of quality and requires cancer programs to participate in ongoing evaluations.

Hayworth Cancer Center is one of approximately eighty centers nationally to achieve a perfect score. The eight commendations included recognition for the number of patients enrolled in clinical trials, community outreach, quality improvements, excellence in patient-centered clinical services, cancer data management and participation in national quality studies.

"Our team of dedicated oncology professionals works very hard to insure that our patients receive technologically advanced, leading-edge care delivered with attention to both safety and compassion," said Bernard R. Chinnasami, MD. "We are proud to be recognized for the superior quality care that the Hayworth Cancer Center provides our patients and the High Point community. It is truly an honor."

The multidisciplinary CoC establishes standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care; surveys facilities to assess compliance with those standards; collects standardized data from CoC-accredited health care settings to measure cancer care quality; uses data to monitor treatment patterns and outcomes and enhance cancer control and clinical surveillance activities; and develops effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery and outcomes in health care settings.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership is comprised of 97 individuals who are either surgeons representing the American College of Surgeons or representatives from the 42 national, professional organizations affiliated with the CoC.

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