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News from Unity

Cancer Care Program Receives Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer

Unity Health System’s Cancer Care Program has been accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. Unity was given a Certificate of Approval with Commendation to the Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program.

CoC accreditation is given to health providers that meet 36 standards in the following areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement. Unity received commendation status, the highest ranking available, because the program exceeded CoC expectations in 5 of the 36 standards.

Unity’s continuum of cancer care is the only community hospital comprehensive cancer program approved by the CoC in the Rochester area.

“Our Cancer Program not only met the standards of the Commission on Cancer; it exceeded them,” said James Haley, M.D., chair of the Department of Medicine at Unity Hospital. “We are honored to receive the recognition, and very proud of our outstanding clinical team that achieved CoC approval.”

The Commission on Cancer accreditation demonstrates Unity’s commitment to providing the highest level of quality cancer care. To maintain approval, Unity must undergo a review every three years.

Accreditation ensures that patients will have access to comprehensive care using state-of-the art services/ equipment; information about on-going clinical trials and new treatment options, access to cancer-related information, education and support; and on-going monitoring of care. A complete range of cancer care services are available to patients of Unity Hospital, including: inpatient radiation, surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and palliative care; outpatient radiation and chemotherapy.

Through a partnership with the American Cancer Society, the CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services and cancer treatment experience for each CoC- approved program. This information is included in the American Cancer Society’s web site, www.cancer.org.

About the Commission on Cancer

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC 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 the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care. For more information on the Commission on Cancer, visit www.facs.org/cancer/index.html .

About Unity Health System

Unity Health System provides a complete network of health care services from the Unity Park Ridge Hospital Campus in the town of Greece, the Unity St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, and at numerous other sites throughout Rochester and western Monroe County. Services include inpatient and outpatient hospital care and surgery, a family birth place, women’s health services, chemical dependency and mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, adult day health and home health programs for older adults, retirement communities, child care, and laboratory services, among many others.