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Rex Cancer Center Receives Accreditation for High Level of Patient Care

October 17, 2011

Contact: Alan M. Wolf
(919) 784-4467

RALEIGH, N.C. - Rex Healthcare's Cancer Center has reached another milestone in its mission to provide quality care and service to patients. 

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted "Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation" to the Rex Cancer Center. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to facilities that provide the highest level of quality cancer care and complete a rigorous evaluation of their performance.

"Our reaccreditation shows that we are committed to quality care and patient safety," said Vickie Byler, director of Rex Cancer Center. "With the support of our excellent physicians and coworkers, Rex continually strives to improve patient care and implement resources to provide multidisciplinary comprehensive care to our community."

By earning a "Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation," Rex has demonstrated a level of compliance with one or more standards set by the CoC that represent the full scope of the cancer program. A physician surveyor evaluated Rex's cancer program based on standards such as cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

Rex Cancer Links

• Rex Cancer Center

• Virtual Tour of Cancer Center

• Breast Cancer Awareness

• Lung Cancer Update Event 

To maintain accreditation, facilities must undergo an onsite review every three years.  Rex Cancer Center has maintained its accreditation since first receiving it in 1991, thus continuing to exceed state and national benchmarks.

Rex Cancer Center has also been recognized by the American College of Surgeons for excellence in its breast program. Rex first received the recognition from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers in 2009. Reaccreditation will take place in 2012.

There are currently more than 1,400 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, about 25 percent of all hospitals. Accredited hospitals diagnose and treat 71 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.5 million new cancer cases will emerge this year.

The CoC, established by the American College of Surgeons in 1922, is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients. The commission's core functions include setting standards for quality cancer care, surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards, collecting standardized data from accredited facilities, and using data to develop effective intervention to improve cancer care outcomes. To learn more, visit www.facs.org/cancer/.