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McKee Medical Center earns accreditation as comprehensive cancer center


LOVELAND, Colo. (Nov. 19, 2012) – The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted a three-year accreditation with commendation to the Cancer Program at McKee Medical Center.

A facility receives a three-year accreditation with commendation following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a commendation level of compliance with standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program. Areas included are cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.

Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
  • A multispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options.
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.
  • Access to cancer-related information, education, and support.
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.
  • Quality care close to home.

McKee received special recognition in multiple areas of the cancer program including clinical trial screening and accrual, prevention and early detection, and quality improvements. In the evaluation, the surveyor noted that every year McKee makes an excellent effort to continuously improve the patient care process. It was also noted that cases diagnosed at McKee met the quality criteria defined by the Commission on Cancer.

McKee offers a spectrum of services for cancer care including surgical, medical and radiation oncology, patient and family support, clinical trials, cancer registry, integrative and physical therapies, nutrition and a comprehensive Breast Center. The McKee Cancer Center, which opened in 2002, has completed a $9-million expansion to bring the latest in technology and to expand radiation therapies. Treatments with the new technology will begin in December.

“We prepared for the survey for accreditation because we know it is important to show patients that the commission believes in the services provided by McKee,” said McKee radiation oncologist Elizabeth Ceilley, MD. “Our patients have access to the full scope of services required to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and support them and their families.”

The Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional groups dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients by setting standards and focusing on prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care.

McKee Medical Center is a fully accredited, private nonprofit facility with 132 beds. It serves as a community medical center with services including emergency, oncology, heart, orthopedics, inpatient and outpatient surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, intensive care, lab and medical imaging.

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