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The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted Accreditation with Commendation to the cancer program at Onslow Memorial Hospital (OMH). The designation means that OMH “has dedicated itself to providing the best in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer” and that the program meets established national standards, according to the American College of Surgeons.
Accreditation by the CoC is achieved only by those facilities committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and includes undergoing a thorough on-site evaluation and performance review. Standards evaluated by the CoC include quality of care, research programs, survivorship programs, genetic counseling and community outreach. Currently, less than 25 percent of all hospitals nationwide are accredited by the CoC. “The Commission on Cancer’s accreditation is a high honor and recognizes very tangibly the hard work of Onslow’s physicians, nurses and staff. And to receive commendation illustrates how we’ve gone above and beyond in several components of our program,” said Dr. Randy Blackburn, chairman of the hospital cancer committee and medical director of Onslow Radiation Oncology.
“This recognition benefits our cancer patients by positioning our cancer program to be at the leading edge of new cancer treatments, therapies and research, including clinical trials,” said Dr. Nagesh Jayaram, medical oncologist with Southeastern Medical Oncology (SMOC). SMOC has been a leader in eastern North Carolina in expansion of clinical trials in the community setting.
Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer-accredited facility ensures a patient will have access to:
“This accreditation is another validation of Onslow’s clinical expertise in cancer treatment and reminds our community that cancer care must and will remain a community mission,” said Dr. Blackburn, a radiation oncologist.
“Being close to home, with family and friends, is an important consideration during any type of treatment,” said Regina Lanier, the hospital’s nurse manager responsible for oncology services. “Our patients can have access to an advanced level of care and treatment without having to travel long distance. Receiving compassionate care right here at home is what we do best.”
From state-of-the-art diagnostics and imaging technology to the most advanced surgical equipment, Onslow is dedicated to offering oncologists and surgeons the very best tools to diagnose, treat and manage a wide range of cancer conditions. At the heart of Onslow Radiation Oncology (ORO) is a state-of-the-art linear accelerator (“LINAC”) which provides multiple varieties of therapy, precisely directed to the area where it’s needed. Onslow Memorial brings together medical oncology with SMOC and other medical oncologists in the area, radiation oncology with ORO and surgery with Onslow Surgical to provide high quality integrated care to Onslow County. This allows for the treatment of a wide variety of cancer types, giving physicians and clinicians the ability to serve – and save – more people than ever.