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NANTICOKE CANCER CARE SERVICES GRANTED ACCREDITATION BY THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS

By Nanticoke Health Services | May 24, 2013
Nanticoke’s Cancer Care Services has been granted a three-year re-accreditation by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

Nanticoke Cancer Care Services was granted a three-year re-accreditation with commendation in outcome analysis and prevention and early detection programs by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

The Accreditation Program, a component of the Commission on Cancer, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure that they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities that have committed to providing the highest level of quality, patient-centered cancer care and that voluntarily undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years. Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to the full quality spectrum of comprehensive cancer care close to home.

In addition, cancer patient data is reported by each Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer program to the Commission on Cancer’s National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program with the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society. This data accounts for approximately 70 percent of newly diagnosed cancer cases in the US each year, is used regularly to monitor the quality of patient care delivered in Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer programs, and is used to improve cancer care outcomes at national and local levels. The Commission on Cancer requires programs to implement quality improvement initiatives that promote the delivery of quality, multidisciplinary cancer care, and lead to ongoing educational interventions with local providers in the Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer programs.

Nanticoke Cancer Care Services is affiliated with Beebe Medical Center’s Tunnell Cancer Center and enables Nanticoke Cancer Care Services to be a full service cancer center bringing residents of Western Sussex County comprehensive care, close to home.  Services at Nanticoke include medical oncology and hematology, infusion, radiation therapy and support services.   Medical oncology services are primarily provided by Dr. Muhammad Siddique seeing patients at Nanticoke on a full-time basis. He is also a member of the Tunnell Cancer Center medical oncology team led by Dr. Srihari Peri and his team of medical oncologists.  Radiation oncology services are provided by Delmarva Radiation Services, PA, under the direction of Dr. Brian Costleigh.  They along with the expert team at Nanticoke provide patient centered care in a compassionate, warm and supportive environment.    Patients also have access to support services, a care coordinator to help with care coordination and financial assistance, and a nurse navigator

Nanticoke Health Services features an award winning, full-service community hospital and the Nanticoke Physician Network. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is ranked number one in Delaware and among America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Critical Care, among the top 5% in the nation for Emergency Medicine for 2012 and 2013 by HealthGrades, Inc. Nanticoke has been named one of the Best 100 Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review for the second year in a row. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital holds a Level III trauma status and includes an expanding interventional cardiology program. Nanticoke is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and is a Gold Plus Award performer according to the American Heart/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®. Nanticoke’s medical staff includes over 120 active and community affiliate physicians.  For more information, go to www.nanticoke.org.

Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. It offers multiple services throughout Southern Delaware including a 201-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities at multiple sites providing lab, imaging, physical rehab services and walk-in care.

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