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Commission on Cancer Accredited with Commendation

Pikeville Medical Center’s cancer program and the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center have been granted a three- year accreditation with commendation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).

The hospital has been a CoC-accredited cancer program since 1993. This is the eighth consecutive time PMC has received this status, and the third consecutive time it has received accreditation with commendation. Commendation is only given to cancer programs that exceed requirements.

“This recognition means our cancer program not only met but excelled in meeting the standards. This Accreditation continues to validate the excellent care that is given to oncology patients at Pikeville Medical Center,” said Cheryl Hickman, Vice President and Assistant to the President/CEO.

In order to receive this esteemed accreditation, the staff participated in a meticulous on-site evaluation conducted by a physician surveyor during which they demonstrated the hospital’s outstanding commitment to providing quality, patient-centered cancer care.

This status ensures cancer patients have access to comprehensive, up-to-date cancer care by providing:

•State-of-the-art services and equipment

•A multispecialty team approach

•Access to information on clinical trials and new treatment options

•Continuous quality improvement in patient care

•Psychosocial support and survivorship care

•Ongoing monitoring of care and lifelong patient follow-up

The award from Commission on Cancer with commendation validates for patients and their families the assurance that they will receive quality cancer services close to home. PMC’s team approach, state-of-the- art services and equipment, access to clinical research trials and lifelong patient follow- up makes our cancer program world class. Compassionate care and commitment to excellence is important to everyone who works in the cancer program.

Several departments and services that helped make this accreditation possible include: Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center, Inpatient Oncology, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Patient Navigation, Pathology, Chaplaincy Services, Palliative Care and Case Management.

 “Providing the latest in cancer care is something we take very seriously at Pikeville Medical Center,” stated President/CEO Walter E. May. “I’m pleased that our cancer program has once again been recognized for offering the best care possible.”

Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins added, “We have a top-quality cancer program at Pikeville Medical Center staffed by knowledgeable, caring and compassionate individuals. I’m proud of our program for maintaining accreditation from the Commission on Cancer for 20 years. This honor truly speaks to the high level of care provided to our cancer patients.”

Established in 1922 by the ACoS, 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 is made up of ACoS Fellows and 49 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

Source: Commission on Cancer


Excellence through Insight Award

COLLABORATION: Leonard Lawson Cancer Center physicians collaborate as part of the hospital-wide effort to continually improve patient care. These physicians are among up to 60 medical professionals who attend the monthly Cancer Case Conference at the hospital.

Pikeville Medical Center has won the Excellence through Insight Award in two units, Inpatient Oncology and Inpatient Rehabilitation.

The honor is awarded by HealthStream Research, an organization that conducts telephone surveys with hospital patients after their discharge, asking them about their stay. Patients are asked questions such as: “Did your nurse listen to your needs?” “Would you recommend this hospital to a friend or family member?” and “Did the healthcare providers care about you as a person?”

A patient’s opinion of Pikeville Medical Center begins when they receive or make a phone call about their doctor’s appointment.

It then continues with our greeters, housekeepers, nurses, and our physicians. Awards such as this are a true reflection of how all PMC employees are dedicated to providing the best patient satisfaction possible.

PMC’s Inpatient Oncology physicians along with their nurses and staff, strive to educate their patients about their treatment plan and provide comfort during their stay at PMC.

The Inpatient Oncology physicians and staff develop personal relationships with our patients during their time of need.

“We try to provide the most compassion and care possible for our patients.”

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