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November 14, 2013

Basset Cancer Institute gets recertified

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---- — The Bassett Cancer Institute has received a three-year Accreditation with Gold Level Commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

“Three-year national accreditation from the Commission on Cancer is a real source of pride for the providers and staff who care for the Cancer Center’s patients,” said Dr. James Leonardo, Chief of Oncology & Hematology at Bassett Cancer Institute, via email. “It’s a very complex and difficult process that requires our cancer programs to meet and sustain the Commission on Cancer’s (CoC) 34 standards for delivering comprehensive, patient-centered care.”

Basset Cancer Institute is one of the oldest accredited cancer programs in the U.S., having been continuously accredited since 1947.

The CoC’s accreditation program occurs every three years, and involves an on-site evaluation and performance review of a program by the CoC. In order to receive gold level commendation, a program must comply with all of the CoC’s standards, and receive commendation for at least seven of eight specific standards. This is the first year the CoC has used this medal system.

The Bassett Cancer Institute is also Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation Program certified. The STAR Program trains health care professionals in the latest in oncology rehabilitation based off research based processes.

When asked how the institute had maintained it’s accreditation for so long, Leonardo said, via email,  “A very committed, experienced and skilled team of providers, caregivers and staff are the reason we’ve been able to maintain our position as one of the longest standing accredited programs in the country,”