Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center Earns Cancer Center Accreditation
The Commission on Cancer (CoC), of the American College of Surgeons has granted Three-Year Accreditation with commendation to the cancer program at Kaiser Permanente’s San Francisco Medical Center.
“Kaiser Permanente San Francisco has a long tradition of high-quality, integrated, and personalized patient service and cancer care,” said James Constant, MD, assistant physician-in-chief. “We are a regional oncologic referral center for a variety of treatments such as hepatobiliary, colorectal, gynecologic, urologic, and robotic and endoscopic. This recognition highlights our collaborative, connected approach to patient care, enabling us to provide better and faster care to our patients at every stage.”
To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed the 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. Three-Year Accreditation with commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey.
Kaiser Permanente’s San Francisco Medical Center 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. Kaiser Permanente’s electronic medical record supports this multi-disciplinary approach. All clinicians caring for patients with cancer have real-time access to their patients’ records which helps them coordinate care and communicate as a care team.
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.
“Joining the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer program has enabled a further expansion of our program as well as the rigor of the disciplined framework utilized by many top national cancer centers,” said Constant. “This includes not only diagnosis and treatment but enhanced surveillance, inherited risk screening, supportive care services and survivorship.”
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. For more information, visit: facs.org/cancer