St. Tammany Health System, in collaboration with St. Tammany Cancer Center, a campus of Ochsner Medical Center, has been re-accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons. This voluntary re-accreditation, which requires adherence to 34 quality care standards, is valid for three years.
To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.
Central to the CoC accreditation is St. Tammany Cancer Center’s multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists.
“This re-accreditation is just further validation and confirmation that St. Tammany Health System, along with its partner Ochsner Health, has implemented a model that is patient-centric with an emphasis on several different physician disciplines collaborating simultaneously in a specialized approach,” Vice President of Cancer Services Jack Khashou said. “A change from traditional model, in addition to medical and radiation oncologists, the approach also includes other medical and surgical specialists as well as psychologists who are supported by a team of advanced practice providers, integrative oncologists, registered dieticians, nurse navigators, social workers, physical, occupational and speech therapists and acupuncture. St. Tammany Health System has been continually evolving the model of care since it received its first CoC accreditation in 1995, and we are proud to have earned this most recent recognition”.
Like all CoC-accredited facilities, St. Tammany Health System maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports. These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.