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The Aultman Cancer Center Earns Recognition from Two National Accrediting Organizations

by Tiffany Pellegrene | Jul 22, 2014
The Aultman Cancer Center recently received accreditations from the Commission on Cancer and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

CANTON, Ohio (July 21, 2014) – The Aultman Cancer Center recently received accreditations from the Commission on Cancer and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the Aultman Cancer Center. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 CoC 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. Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey. 

Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is given to programs, either new or established, that comply with all standards and receive a commendation rating for one or more standard. “In addition to the three-year accreditation, the Aultman Cancer Center received seven additional commendations for exceeding industry standards,” said Tina Biasella, MSN, RN, associate vice president of the Aultman Cancer Center. “Our cancer program also earned the highest gold-level award from the CoC, which is a testament to the teamwork and dedication of each member of the cancer care team.”

Aultman has maintained CoC accreditation since 1986. Because it is a CoC-accredited facility, the Aultman Cancer Center takes a 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 multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care. 

In addition to the CoC accolades, the Aultman Breast Care Center received a three-year/full accreditation designation by the NAPBC. A program administered by the American College of Surgeons, NAPBC accreditation is given to a facility that has voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of breast care and undergoes a rigorous evaluation process and review of its performance.

During the survey process, a breast center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of:

  • Center leadership.
  • Clinical management.
  • Research.
  • Community outreach.
  • Professional education.
  • Quality improvement.

“Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures patients have access to comprehensive breast health services, close to home,” Biasella shared. “When a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer, we use a team approach to determine the best treatment options.”

The Aultman Cancer Center team diagnoses about 1,500 new cases of cancer each year. “Our program includes state-of-the-art diagnostic tools; treatment options including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and clinical trials; and a variety of support services and follow-up care,” Biasella said. “We strive to provide medical care that is patient-centered and evidence-based according to national guidelines. In addition, we offer the emotional support patients and families need during their cancer journey.” 


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