TOMS RIVER, NJ, AUGUST 19, 2008 – The J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center at Community Medical Center once again received approval from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons for its “Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program.”
With the latest three-year designation for the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center, Community Medical Center has now retained the commission’s seal of approval for 22 years after consistently meeting its high standards of medical excellence and patient care.
Mark D. Pilla, Executive Vice President of Operations for the Saint Barnabas Health Care System and Executive Director of Community Medical Center, said, “We are extremely proud to receive this prestigious designation once again, and I am thankful to all of the cancer center staff and physicians who take such pride in providing exceptional care to our patients.” He added, “This recognition by the Commission on Cancer illustrates that the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center is the best place to receive comprehensive cancer care in this region.”
Radiation oncologist Rajesh V. Iyer, MD, chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Community Medical Center, said the hospital received the approval after a comprehensive evaluation and on-site survey by the Commission on Cancer. “The hospital achieved commendation in seven specific standards of performance,” Dr. Iyer said. “They include such factors as publishing outcomes analysis based on national data; error-free submissions to the National Cancer Database; total adherence to American Joint Commission on Cancer staging requirements; and compliance with College of American Pathology guidelines.”
In addition, Community received approval for implementing cancer-related quality improvement initiatives and providing prevention and early detection programs in the community. One example of the Cancer Center’s outreach included a recent skin cancer screening held at three Ocean County beaches in early August to help education beachgoers about sun safety and increase awareness about malignant melanoma.
Employees from Community’s cancer center participated in the event and helped conduct 540 screenings of beachgoers over a two-day period. The presumptive diagnoses included eight melanomas, 17 basal cell carcinomas, and five squamous cell carcinomas. In addition, several other people were referred for biopsies.
“This is only one example that exemplifies our Cancer Center employees’ and physicians’ commitment to excellence,” Pilla said. “Every patient who walks through our doors can feel confident that the most highly trained and compassionate individuals will be providing world-class cancer care right here in Ocean County.”
For more information on the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center at Community Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealthradonc.org or call
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