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Main Line Health cancer centers earn national accreditation

Main Line Health September 3, 2013 News Releases

All four cancer centers at Main Line Health acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr, Paoli and Riddle hospitals—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 Main Line Health

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.


Bridget Therriault
Director, Communications
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