Release Date: 02-09-2007 Click here for a larger view
(Honesdale, February 8, 2007)…Wayne Memorial Hospital’s cancer program has been awarded the highest accreditation given by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC): a three-year approval with commendation. Wayne Memorial is in an elite group. Less than half of the applying institutions (893) received a #1 overall rating.
The Hospital’s cancer program was commended for compliancy and in some cases going beyond the criteria for seven different standards. Of the program’s work in “staging” cancers, CoC reviewers wrote “Excellent job.” They also noted that “many (cancer-related) improvements (have been) implemented.”
“What this all means is that our cancer programs, services and awareness activities all meet very high standards for patient care, and this is good for us and the community,” said Dr. Lillian Longendorfer, WMH Lab Medical Director and Chair of the Hospital’s Cancer Committee.
“We could tell you that our cancer program is great, but how would you really know?” asked David Hoff, WMH CEO. “This accreditation from a respected independent body of medical professionals assures patients that Wayne Memorial is following very strict guidelines and offering comprehensive care for cancer patients.”
Earning the accreditation was an arduous three year process that concluded with an on-site survey by the American College of Surgeons (ACOS) CoC last fall. Hospital administrators say it was worth the work—“it’s a real feather in our cap,” Hoff beamed, “and it (the accreditation) offers patients a comfort level they might not have elsewhere.”