The Cancer Center at Riddle Hospital, part of 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 facs.org/cancer.
Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.
At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.
The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.
Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.
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 the 10th best hospital (three-way tie) in the Philadelphia region by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2018–19, and was ranked as high performing in the specialty area of gastroenterology & GI surgery and orthopedics. Riddle Hospital was also ranked as high performing in the following Common Core specialty areas: 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 & 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.