St. Francis Medical Center received the accreditation following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrated a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement). In addition, St. Francis received a compliance rating for all other standards.
Receiving care at a CoC (Commission on Cancer)-approved cancer program, like the Regional Cancer Center at St. Francis, ensures that a patient will have access to:
- Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
- A multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate the best 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
The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure conform to the standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain approval, facilities with the CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.
St. Francis Medical Center, a member of Catholic Health East, is an acute care teaching hospital, which features regional services including LIFE St. Francis, the first Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in the state of New Jersey; the Heart Hospital; Regional Cancer Center; Neuroscience Institute; St. Francis LifeCare Physicians, PC, Surgery and Advanced Weight Loss; The Imaging Center; Sleep Medicine Center, and an extensive Community Outreach Program.