Marshall Medical Center’s cancer program has been granted a three-year
accreditation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of
the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 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.
“Because we are a CoC-accredited cancer center, Marshall 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,”
says Wendy Goosen Director of Cancer Services at Marshall. “This
multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care throughout
El Dorado County.”
To help streamline the patient experience, Marshall also hired Sue Colby,
RN as the Executive Director of Cancer Services at the beginning of this
year. “My goal,” says Colby, “is to break down any barriers
for patients to ensure they receive the utmost care.”
The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Marshall to improve
its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that
focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early
diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long
follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care. When patients receive
care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical
trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services
including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship
care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve
cancer survivors’ quality of life.
Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Marshall maintains a cancer registry
and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint
program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology
outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world.
Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB
and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer centers,
in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis,
which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports.
These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.
Marshall Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit community healthcare
provider located in the heart of the Sierra Foothills. Marshall Medical
Center includes Marshall Hospital, a fully accredited acute care facility
with 125 beds in Placerville; several outpatient facilities in Cameron
Park, El Dorado Hills and Georgetown; and many community health and education
programs. Marshall has over 200 licensed practitioners and over 1,600
employees providing quality healthcare services to over 180,000 residents
of El Dorado County.