Cancer Center

Commission on Cancer Awards Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to Willis-Knighton Cancer Center

October 28, 2010

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has awarded a three-year accreditation with commendation to Willis-Knighton Cancer Center. This accreditation is granted when a program complies with all standards and receives a commendation rating.

“This accreditation is one more indication of the quality care and dedication of the physicians and staff at the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center,” said James K. Elrod, president and CEO of Willis-Knighton Health System. ‘The multidisciplinary approach and best practices instituted at our cancer center place it in the company of the nation’s finest cancer centers.”

A facility receives a three-year accreditation with commendation following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a commendation level of compliance with for one or more of the eligible standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement).

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standards-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

In addition to this accreditation, the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center’s Department of Radiation Oncology is accredited by both the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) and the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Opened in 2000, the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center provides a wide range of treatment options for cancer patients including radiation oncology, medical oncology and hematology, surgical oncology and gynecologic oncology. The Cancer Center provides diagnostic services such as PET, X-ray, CT and laboratory. It also offers social services counseling, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, educational resources, community education programs and support groups.