Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center Receives Commission on Cancer Accreditation
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Program at The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.
Our oncology program has been recognized by the CoC as offering the very best in cancer care. It is a recognition of the quality of our comprehensive, multidisciplinary patient care.
Our Cancer Center received this accreditation following the onsite evaluation by a physician-surveyor during which our facility demonstrated a Commendation level of compliance with standards that represent the full scope of our cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality Improvement).
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 49 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.
The core functions of the CoC include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards; collecting standardized and quality data from accredited facilities; and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state and local level.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2012.
Receiving care at a CoC-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
- And, most importantly, quality care close to home.
The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center is committed to providing the highest quality cancer treatment and comprehensive support services to patents and families. Led by Medical Director, Laurence J. Heifetz, MD, FACP, with Medical Oncologist/Hematologist, Melissa Kaime, MD, FACP, Medical Oncologist/Hematologist, Ahrin B. Koppel, MD, and Director of Radiation Oncology, Daphne Palmer, MD, the Cancer Center offers the most current diagnostic therapeutic modalities with equipment and technology.