Seeking cancer program accreditation by the Commission on Cancer, Sierra Vista has concentrated its efforts to ensure full compliance of a total of 36 commission standards. To gain approval, it must demonstrate that patients receive the following:
· Quality care close to home.
· Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
· A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best cancer treatment options available.
· Access to cancer-related information, education and support.
· A cancer registry that collects data on cancer type, stage and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up.
· Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.
· Information about clinical trials and new treatment options.
· Evaluation of patient outcomes that includes documentation and dissemination of results.
· Submission of data to the National Cancer Data Base that meets its quality criteria.
· Staging of cancer in the medical record by the managing/treating physician.
· Adherence to commission-required guidelines for patient management in pathology reports.
· Availability of screening & early detection services on site or coordinated with outside agencies.
· Participation of cancer registry staff in local, state, regional and national cancer-related activities.
· Ongoing implementation of quality and performance improvements.
The Sierra Vista Cancer Committee serves in the key leadership role to plan, initiate, implement, evaluate and improve all cancer-related activities at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. Physicians, nursing administrators, diagnostic and therapeutic specialists, allied health professionals and representatives from ancillary services comprise its multidisciplinary membership. The committee convenes four times yearly, focusing on community outreach programs, disease and treatment performance measures, quality of care outcomes and educational opportunities.