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PHP's Cancer Program Receives Top Accreditation from American College of Surgeons
05/22/2008

PLANO, Texas - Presbyterian Hospital of Plano's cancer program has received top accreditation by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer as an "approved cancer program" - a designation only 25 percent of hospitals in the nation share.

The national accreditation ranks Presbyterian Hospital of Plano (PHP) among the best cancer treatment facilities in the country, based on the commission's findings. The honor is bestowed on institutions that pass a rigorous review of quality standards set by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), including an on-site survey and visit designed to evaluate performance information and compliance. Only about 1,500 healthcare facilities in the country have earned this recognition.

Presbyterian Hospital of Plano received a three-year accreditation with "commendation" in the community hospital category, the highest possible ranking. It demonstrated excellence in all 36 quality standards set by the CoC and exceeded the standards in nine out of nine possible areas of commendation - ranging from prevention and early detection programs to cancer outcomes analyses.

"Receiving this accreditation and full commendation is a significant accomplishment for Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, particularly since our oncology program is only three years old and this is the first opportunity we have had to go through this approval process," said PHP president Philip M. Wentworth. "For patients, this is another validation of our hospital's commitment to providing clinical excellence and patient-safe care in all areas."

The application process required PHP to submit two years of data to demonstrate that its oncology program meets CoC standards including that it:

  • Provides comprehensive care for cancer patients, including state-of-the-art equipment and services
  • Maintains a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinating the best available patient care and treatment options
  • Offers a cancer registry that provides lifelong patient follow-up
  • Provides information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options

"Presbyterian Hospital of Plano is positioned to become a destination cancer center for Collin County and North Texas," said Carinsa Gaston, BS, RTT, oncology program manager at PHP. "This accreditation by the Commission on Cancer provides patients with an assurance of high quality of care. In addition, we are continually working to expand our program, including opening a dedicated radiation oncology center this summer, with plans for a larger comprehensive facility to be constructed in the near future."

PHP's cancer program also includes the services of an oncology patient navigator, a certified oncology nurse who helps cancer patients plan a course of action, assists with coordinating their care, provides extensive cancer information, identifies and locates needed resources within the hospital and the community, offers emotional and physical support for patients and their families, and more.

In addition, the hospital's oncology program includes a tumor registry that collects, manages and analyzes patient data, as well as reports that data monthly to the Texas Cancer Registry and the National Cancer Database. It offers an on-site Community American Cancer Society Resource Center which features educational materials; free wigs, hats and scarves; and support from cancer survivors. PHP also provides genetic counseling, pastoral care, support groups and community outreach programs as part of its oncology services.

About Presbyterian Hospital of Plano (PHP)
Established in 1991, PHP is a member of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources. PHP is a recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to patients. Key services offered include orthopedics, cardiovascular, oncology, pediatrics and women's services. The 370-bed facility has more than 1,600 employees and a medical staff of 1,200 physicians. For more information about PHP, visit www.phscare.org.

About Texas Health Resources
 Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served.  THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers.  THR's family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System.  For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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