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Main Line Health cancer care earns national accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

Main Line Health June 12, 2017 News Releases

Main Line Health is one of only 55 health systems across the nation to receive system accreditation

(Bryn Mawr, Pa.) – The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Silver-Level Commendation to Main Line Health Cancer Care. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Main Line Health is one of 55 health systems in the nation to receive an Integrated Network Cancer Program (INCP) system accreditation.

“This award reflects the incredible work and dedication of our oncology team across our  system,” said Dr. Michael Walker, Main Line Health Cancer Care medical director. “Each day our cancer experts focus on providing high-quality care and a superior experience, ensuring that our patients have access to advanced technology for the best possible outcomes throughout the communities we serve.”

The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Main Line Health to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care, including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation and survivorship. Main Line Health cares for over 3,300 cancer patients a year and utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer using the collective expertise of surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists.

When patients receive care at a Main Line Health Cancer Care facility, they also have access to leading clinical trials through the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP); Main Line Health is one of 34 community programs in the country awarded this prestigious grant to support clinical trial research. Main Line Health Cancer Care patients also benefit from advanced genetic counseling, psycho-social and nutritional support, patient navigators, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and improves cancer survivors’ quality of life. The cancer program also maintains a robust cancer registry to support quality initiatives and to contribute to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a nationwide oncology outcomes database.

For information about Main Line Health Cancer Care, visit mainlinehealth.org/cancer.

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.

About the Commission on Cancer

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer 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.

Contact

Mary Kate Coghlan
Communications Specialist
Office: 484.580.1028
Cell: 610.308.6675
coghlanm@mlhs.org