UMCP Commended for Care of Patients with Cancer
Princeton, NJ - The Cancer Program at University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) has earned accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC), following a survey in which the program achieved its best possible results. In the United States and Puerto Rico, only about 30 percent of all hospitals earn this prestigious accreditation.
UMCP met or exceeded all applicable quality care standards and earned seven of a possible seven commendations. The commendations are related to standards drawn from the following areas of program activity: cancer committee leadership; cancer data management; cancer conferences; clinical management; and quality improvement.
“This accreditation signifies to our patients that exceptional cancer care is available close to home,” said James Demetriades, Vice President—Professional Services at Princeton HealthCare System, which includes UMCP and the Edward & Marie Matthews Center for Cancer Care. “We provide access to state-of-the-art treatment options, and our multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists—including surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, and pathologists—collaborates to determine the appropriate treatment plan for each individual.”
Judy Neuman, Director of Cancer Services at UMCP, said the CoC accreditation was earned through the skill and hard work of the program’s physicians and staff and the leadership of its cancer committee. A unit of Princeton HealthCare System, UMCP is an affiliate of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and maintains a cancer registry that contributes information, such as patient characteristics, treatments and outcomes, to the National Cancer Data Base.
“Our patients have access to a full spectrum of care, including clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling and an oncology nurse navigator who helps patients and their families to better understand their diagnosis, treatment options and the supports that are available to them,” Neuman said. "And the accreditation survey, which covers a wide range of standards, helps us to improve every aspect of the patient-centered care we provide."
Accreditation by the CoC is voluntary and symbolizes a cancer program’s dedication to providing the best in patient-centered care. The programs are surveyed every three years.
Thanks to its successful survey, UMCP will be eligible for a second consecutive Outstanding Achievement Award, which is granted by the CoC to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence. The 2014 awards will be announced early in 2015. UMCP earned the award following its prior survey in 2011. Typically, less than 20 percent of accredited programs receive the Outstanding Achievement Award.
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