NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER EARNS HIGHEST LEVEL OF ACCREDITATION FOR CANCER SERVICES
Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s (NGMC) Cancer Services has earned Three-Year Accreditation with Gold-Level Commendation – the highest level of accreditation possible – from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).
“We’re extremely proud of this elite recognition,” says Charles Nash, III, MD, medical director of NGMC’s Cancer Services and medical oncologist with Longstreet Clinic. “Receiving this level of accreditation truly illustrates our organization’s commitment to our community and patients – and proves that patients don’t have to travel outside of northeast Georgia for top-quality cancer care.”
The CoC awards accreditation with commendation to cancer programs which comply with all standards at the time of the survey (performed every three years) and receive a commendation rating for one or more standards. The bronze level is awarded to programs which receive commendation for one to three standards; the silver level is awarded to programs with commendation for four to six standards; and the gold level is awarded to programs like NGMC which earn accreditation with commendation for all seven standards.
To comply with these standards, NGMC ensures patients have access to a full range of cancer services, including state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment options in radiation, medical and surgical oncology; a multidisciplinary team approach in coordination of patient care; access to national cancer research trials; genetic counseling; and patient-focused services such as psycho-social support, patient navigation services and a survivorship care program.
Additionally, NGMC maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base – a joint program between the CoC and American Cancer Society that analyzes cancer trends and helps improve patient quality.
NGMC’s expert physicians and clinical staff care for more than 2,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year through access points in Braselton, Gainesville, Toccoa and Winder. For more information about NGMC’s nationally recognized cancer services and physicians, visit www.nghs.com/cancer or call 770-219-8815.