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MLH Cancer Centers Earn National Accreditation

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

All four Cancer Centers at MLH acute care hospitals – Bryn Mawr Hospital, Lankenau Medical Center, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital - earned a three-year National Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. This awarded is presented to facilities that meet the 34 CoC standard requirements to deliver comprehensive patient-centered level of care. Riddle received the Gold Level Commendation and Paoli received the Silver Level Commendation of this award for exceeding the requirements.

“This recognition exemplifies the quality of our cancer programs and the commitment of the team of professionals that provide superior patient care each day,” said Andrew Norton, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Main Line Health. “From our latest technology and physician expertise to the comprehensive support services we offer at each of our hospitals, our community can trust that we provide outstanding cancer care that is responsive to the unique needs of patients.”

This level of excellence requires a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer, including consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists. 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.

About MLH

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s respected acute care hospitals — Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital — as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; and HomeCare & Hospice, a home health service. Main Line Health also consists of Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician networks, and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical research organization located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center. Main Line Health also consists of four outpatient health centers located in Broomall, Collegeville, Exton and Newtown Square. Main Line Health hospitals, with more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, are the recipients of numerous awards for quality care and service, including recognition among Truven Health Analytics’ list of Top 100 Hospitals and top 20% of health systems in the nation, and Magnet®, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence. Main Line Health is among the area’s leaders in medicine, providing advanced patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

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Director, Communications
Office: 484-580-1025
Cell: 484-222-9154
therriaultb@mlhs.org

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