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Silver Cross Program Receives Accreditation

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons applaud Hospital

Joliet, IL (Nov. 21, 2011)—The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted a three-year accreditation to the cancer program at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet.  Less than 25 percent of all hospitals in the United States receive the Commission’s accreditation.

Oncology programs earning recognition from the Commission on Cancer represent those hospitals that offer excellent cancer care.  The Commission recognizes the high quality of comprehensive cancer care available at Silver Cross. Such a distinction is indicative of the hospital’s commitment to residents in the southwest suburbs. Patients will have access to all of the various medical specialists on staff at Silver Cross and at the University of Chicago Medical Center who are involved in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  Silver Cross recently partnered with the University of Chicago Medical Center to open a $21.6 million outpatient cancer treatment center on the new campus in spring 2012.  The facility will provide state-of-the-art chemotherapy and radiation therapy, as well as access to innovative clinical trials.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer 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 included fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

The Accreditation Program, a component of the Commission on Cancer, sets quality-of-care-standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards.  Approval by the Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancers. To meet the standards necessary for Commission approval, each cancer program, and the organization that controls it, must undergo a rigorous evaluation process and a review of its performance. In order to maintain approval, facilities with approved cancer programs must under an on-site review every three years.

Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer approved cancer program, such as Silver Cross Hospital’s cancer program, ensures that a patient will have access to

  • Quality care close to home.
  • Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
  • A multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options available to cancer patients.
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Access to cancer-related information, education and support.
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up.
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.

 

 For a physician on staff at Silver Cross who specializes in cancer care, call 1-888-660- HEAL (4325). 

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.  Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is well underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in Feb. 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox.  To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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