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Community Medical Center Earns National Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

08/19/2014

J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center Achieves Gold Level Accreditation

Toms River, NJ August 1, 2014 --The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted Three-Year Accreditation to the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center at Community Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility. To earn voluntary Commission on Cancer accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 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. The J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center earned Gold level accreditation for excellence in providing care to patients with cancer.

The Commission on Cancer recognized the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center for its 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 collaborative partnership results in improved patient care.

"The Commission on Cancer accreditation process challenges our cancer program to elevate the care we provide by addressing patient-centered needs and measuring the quality of the care we deliver against national standards," said Stephanie L. Bloom, president and chief executive officer, Community Medical Center. "Our physicians, nurses, and support staff at the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center are committed to providing exceptional care. Their commitment to excellence is commendable," she added.

The Commission on Cancer Accreditation Program provides the framework for the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center 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 Commission on Cancer accredited facility, they 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, according to Rajesh Iyer, chair, Department of Radiation Oncology and Community Medical Center's Cancer Committee.

Like all Commission on Cancer-accredited facilities, the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the Commission on Cancer 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. Commission on Cancer 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 accredited facilities with their quality improvement efforts.

The J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center offers a full continuum of preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic and support services. The radiation and medical oncologists, surgeons, pathologists and radiologists are leaders in their field and provide highly sophisticated care in collaboration with oncology nurses and support staff. The center offers state-of-the-art technology including a Rapid Arc Linear Accelerator, Cyberknife, 3-tesla MRI, 64- slice CT scan and infusion center. The Cancer Center has received approval from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons for its Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program since 1986. As a member of the Penn Cancer Network, patients have access to vast research and technological resources from one of the nation's foremost cancer centers. The Center takes a holistic approach to cancer care and offers patient navigators to assist patients and their families, a genetic counseling program and many complementary therapies including art, music and pet therapy.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer 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, about the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center, call 732.557.8148 or visit www.barnabashealth.org/community. For information on the Commission on Cancer visit www.facs.org/cancer.

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About Community Medical Center - Opened in 1961, Community Medical Center is a fully accredited acute care hospital and offers a comprehensive array of services including advanced cancer care, sophisticated neurology and neurosurgery services including a neuro-interventional lab with a bi-plane and a Level 3 Epilepsy program and cardiac care featuring three cardiac catheterization labs. CMC's comprehensive surgical service features the first and only daVinci Si robotic surgical platform in Ocean County. The hospital's commitment to technology is evidenced by access to advanced imaging technology and one of the most sophisticated linear accelerators used for radiation therapy and a CyberKnife for treating inoperable tumors. As one of the area's most trusted providers of maternal and children's services, superior obstetric care, a Level 2 special care nursery with 24/7 on site neonatologists for newborns requiring special care, a dedicated pediatric unit and a pediatrician in the Emergency Department are provided.

Community Medical Center has received the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval as a Primary Stroke Center and for Acute Coronary Syndrome, Heart Failure, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Total Joint Replacement – Hip and Knee. Designated by the Commission on Cancer of The American College of Surgeons as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program since 1986, the hospital is also recognized as one of the 100 Hospitals with Great Oncology Programs by Becker's Hospital Review and is member of the Penn Cancer Network.

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