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High Point Regional’s Cancer Program Accredited at Highest Level

10/23/2002

The cancer program at High Point Regional Health System has been granted approval by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

“As a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program, High Point Regional has attained the highest category for a non-teaching hospital. Once again, I am very proud of our entire cancer team,” says Rick Blake, Vice President of Operations of the hospital.

Construction and renovation of the new Cancer Center building at High Point Regional will be completed sometime in the spring of 2003. At that time, all cancer treatment other than surgery will be housed in one location, providing even more convenience for patients and their families.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1932, the Approvals Program sets standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to make sure they conform to those standards. Recognizing that cancer is a complex group of diseases, the program promotes consultation among surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary cooperation results in improved patient care.

Approval of the Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer and to undergo a rigorous evaluation process and a review of its performance. In order to maintain approval, facilities with approved cancer programs must undergo on on-site review every three years.

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