Thursday, May 6, 2010

CRMC Cancer Program Wins Award

The Cancer Program at Cookeville Regional Medical Center has been awarded the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Officials say just 18% of hospitals surveyed in 2009 had received this award. The medical center’s Cancer Program was also recently awarded a three-year accreditation with commendation following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor who evaluates how well the overall cancer care program meets 36 standards. The Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. The Outstanding Achievement Award is granted to facilities like Cookeville Regional that demonstrate a commendation level of compliance with the standards. The Cancer Center at Cookeville Regional, located in the newly completed North Patient Tower, is now one of only two cancer treatment centers in Tennessee to offer Tomotherapy – one of the world’s most advanced cancer treatment systems that allows unparalleled precision in delivering radiation therapy, resulting in minimal damage to surrounding tissue. The Cancer Center is an affiliate of the Southwest Oncology Group, or S.W.O.G., via the University of Tennessee Health Care Systems. S.W.O.G. is one of the largest cancer clinical trials cooperative groups in the United States. Becoming an active member of this group allows the Center to offer many more clinical trials to patients in the Upper Cumberland region. For more information about the Cancer Center, visit the hospital website at www.crmchealth.org.