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CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Earns National Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons July 15, 2019

Commission on Cancer

Tyler, Texas – Patients across Northeast Texas can find comfort in knowing their local health system offers the highest level of care for those fighting against cancer. The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation to the cancer program at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System.

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.

“The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.7 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed this year, and CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed patients with cancer,” said Shelly Welch, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System. “When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home.”

Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.

“We are proud of the tremendous effort and passion that our physicians, advanced practice providers, the amazing nursing teams and all of our support services put into ensuring our patients receive the highest levels of faith-based care when they visit our facilities, as well as our ongoing partnership with Texas Oncology and their incredible providers and teams,” said Jason Proctor, President and Chief Executive Officer, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospitals - Tyler, South Tyler, Jacksonville and the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital - Tyler. “To be accredited by the ACS and CoC is an outstanding recognition of that hard work that these folks do every day, and I know that it is deserved and well-earned.”

The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System 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, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care. When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

"We are proud of this achievement and what it means to the patients we serve across Northeast Texas,” said Steven Curley, M.D., FACS, Director, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Oncology Institute. “The standards outlined by the CoC ensure patients are treated in an environment of multidisciplinary care of the highest quality that is centered on their needs and experience. This accreditation is important because it not only recognizes the outstanding quality we have in place; it also helps us create a path forward for continuous quality improvement and emphasizes safe and effective cancer care. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home.”

Like all CoC-accredited facilities, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports. These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.