Johnston-Willis Hospital October 10, 2019

Richmond, VA – The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital recently received a three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) - a quality program of the American College of Surgeons. Johnston-Willis met all 34 quality care standards associated with a comprehensive community cancer program.

"Only the top programs receive full accreditation with commendation, which is the Commission on Cancer's highest honor," said Jonathan Tinker, regional vice-president of cancer care services, HCA Virginia Sarah Cannon. "My sincerest gratitude to the entire cancer team for your continued dedication to our patients and for making this outstanding accomplishment possible."

To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must be evaluated every three years through a survey process, maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care, and meet 34 CoC quality care standards.

Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, Johnston-Willis Hospital 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. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.

The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Johnston-Willis to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care.

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.

Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Johnston-Willis maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports. These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.

"This designation demonstrates our commitment to ensuring better outcomes for our patients," said Zach McCluskey, chief executive officer of Johnston-Willis Hospital. "We are proud to offer our surrounding communities with access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home."

There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed patients with cancer. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator.

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. Find out more information from the American College of Surgeons.