Carle Cancer Center is committed to quality care. Continuous quality improvement is key to our clinical practice, and our team has been recognized by national organizations for meeting and exceeding healthcare standards of quality.
- American College of Radiology (ACR)
- Accredited Radiation Oncology Services
- Accredited Digital Mammography Services (Danville and Mattoon)
- National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancers (NAPBC) Center of Excellence
- Commission on Cancer (CoC)
- Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI)
Carle Cancer Center provides a commitment in providing high quality cancer care. Quality measures and outcomes data is collected to help determine how patient care and processes can be improved, to provide excellent health care. Data is collected through the National Cancer Data Base as well as through our internal data base.
Carle uses a multidisciplinary team approach of professionals who coordinate your patient care. The team members use a treatment planning approach in which a number of doctors review and discuss your medical condition and treatment options in determining your care. The team members include:
- Genetics Counselor
- Social Worker
- Quality Coordinator
- Tumor Registry
Carle Cancer Center utilizes the quality services to maintain their accreditation for The Commission on Cancer and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
Commission on Cancer Accreditation
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) was established by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) in 1931. The Commission on Cancer is a group of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through setting standards, prevention, research, education and monitoring the highest quality of care in all areas of cancer. The Commission on Cancer conducts surveys at health care facilities to make sure the standards are followed. The data that is collected is used to measure patient quality care and to monitor treatment patterns and outcomes. The Commission on Cancer also supports and enhances cancer control, monitors clinical surveillance activities and develops education interventions to improve cancer prevention and early detection.
The facilities that are surveyed may become CoC - Accredited programs and are resurveyed every three years. The accredited programs voluntarily provide the best in cancer care diagnosis and treatment following the CoC standards. The Accreditation Program encourages hospitals, treatment centers and facilities to improve their quality of care through various cancer- related programs. There are more than 1,500 CoC accredited programs in the United States and Puerto Rico. These programs also work with their local American Cancer Society on cancer control activities that support their communities.