Pottstown Hospital Wins 3-Year Cancer Accreditation

POTTSTOWN PA – A three-year accreditation with commendation has been awarded to the cancer program at Pottstown Memorial Regional Cancer Center by the Commission On Cancer of the American College Of Surgeons, the Pottstown PA hospital announced Thursday (June 23, 2011).

Pottstown Memorial Medical Center

The accreditation follows an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor, during which PMMC and its staff demonstrated a commendation-level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of a cancer program, hospital spokeswoman Helen Guardiani said. It included cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement).

Established in 1922, the commission is a group of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect a full spectrum of cancer care. Its accreditation program sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews them to ensure they conform to those standards.

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.5 million cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2010, Guardiani said.