Frauenshuh Cancer Program earns national recognition
Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center in St. Louis Park, Minnesota is proud to announce its Cancer Program has earned certification from the American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) and “Accreditation with Commendation” from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) as a Teaching Hospital Cancer Program.
As an accredited and certified Cancer Program, Frauenshuh Cancer Program ensures its patients will have access to comprehensive cancer care, including, state-of-the-art equipment and facility, a fully integrated care team, information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options and support programs for patients and families.
“CoC Accreditation and QOPI Certification shows that Frauenshuh Cancer Program has the highest level of standards for compassionate and comprehensive care,” said Mark Wilkowske, MD, medical director of Frauenshuh Cancer Center. “It gives patients and families peace of mind.”
To meet the standards for CoC approval, Frauenshuh Cancer Program underwent a strict evaluation process in November 2011. A surveyor from the CoC spent a day at the cancer center reviewing quality improvement data, clinical services available at the facility and community outreach programs offered to patients and families. The CoC determined Frauenshuh Cancer Program met all eight standards for Commendation and is eligible for the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award.
The CoC accreditation follows certification earlier this year from the American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI). Frauenshuh Cancer Program is the only cancer program in Minnesota to receive QOPI Certification.
QOPI certification is a voluntary improvement program focusing on quality of care for cancer patients through more than 100 evidence-based and consensus quality measures. Oncology programs can achieve certification by demonstrating practice consistent with the highest standards of care: treatment planning, staff training and education, safe chemotherapy administration, monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.
The QOPI certification seal designates practices that not only scored high on the key QOPI quality measures, but meet rigorous safety measures established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).
Both accreditations are valid for three years, through 2014.