Cancer Center at Riddle Hospital Earns National Accreditation

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Cancer Center at Riddle Hospital, Main Line Health, earned a Three-Year National Accreditation with Gold Level Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons, awarded only to a facility that exceeds the 34 CoC standard requirements to deliver comprehensive patient-centered level of care.

“This award challenges our cancer program to enhance the care that we provide to our patients,” says Lori Matson, RN, BSN, CCRP, Riddle Cancer Program Manager. “By measuring the quality of our care against the national standards, cancer patients can choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center like Riddle’s, where they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home.” At this level of excellence, a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer requiring consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists is required.

The CoC accreditation provides the framework to focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care. Patients have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, psycho-social support, patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents care received and how to improve the cancer survivors’ quality of life. The Cancer Center at Riddle maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), the largest clinical disease registry in the world. 

About The Commission on Cancer: Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. For more information, visit:

About Riddle Hospital

Riddle Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a not-for-profit, acute-care hospital with 204 inpatient beds and 23 Transitional Care Center beds. Riddle has been nationally recognized by The Joint Commission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers and other health care rating organizations for its high quality patient care. For the fourth year in a row, Riddle has achieved designation from the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. Riddle was ranked among the top 10 hospitals in the Philadelphia Metro area by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2016–2017, and was ranked as high performing in the specialty area of orthopedics. Riddle Hospital was also ranked as high performing in the following Common Core specialty areas: COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement. The hospital offers a full range of services including maternity, orthopedic care and cardiovascular care—aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and advanced technology. Riddle Hospital recently expanded and enhanced its emergency department to better suit the growing needs of the community it serves. Health Center 4, a LEED Certified Gold building, houses the Rothman Institute, the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, a variety of outpatient programs and a state of the art surgical center. The hospital has also achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care.

Martha Grieco
Communications Coordinator
Riddle Hospital

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