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Commission on Cancer Accredited with Commendation
Pikeville Medical Center’s cancer program and the Leonard Lawson Cancer
Center have been granted a three- year accreditation with commendation
by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons
The hospital has been a CoC-accredited cancer program
since 1993. This is the eighth consecutive time PMC has received this
status, and the third consecutive time it has received accreditation
with commendation. Commendation is only given to cancer programs that
“This recognition means our cancer program
not only met but excelled in meeting the standards. This Accreditation
continues to validate the excellent care that is given to oncology
patients at Pikeville Medical Center,” said Cheryl Hickman, Vice
President and Assistant to the President/CEO.
In order to receive
this esteemed accreditation, the staff participated in a meticulous
on-site evaluation conducted by a physician surveyor during which they
demonstrated the hospital’s outstanding commitment to providing quality,
patient-centered cancer care.
This status ensures cancer patients have access to comprehensive, up-to-date cancer care by providing:
•State-of-the-art services and equipment
•A multispecialty team approach
•Access to information on clinical trials and new treatment options
•Continuous quality improvement in patient care
•Psychosocial support and survivorship care
•Ongoing monitoring of care and lifelong patient follow-up
award from Commission on Cancer with commendation validates for
patients and their families the assurance that they will receive quality
cancer services close to home,” said Kathy Khoshreza, Assistant Vice
President and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer. “PMC’s team approach,
state-of-the- art services and equipment, access to clinical research
trials and lifelong patient follow- up makes our cancer program world
class. Compassionate care and commitment to excellence is important to
everyone who works in the cancer program.”
and services that helped make this accreditation possible include:
Pikeville Medical Leonard Lawson Cancer Center, Inpatient Oncology,
Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Patient
Navigation, Pathology, Chaplaincy Services, Palliative Care and Case
“Providing the latest in cancer care is something we
take very seriously at Pikeville Medical Center,” stated President/CEO
Walter E. May. “I’m pleased that our cancer program has once again been
recognized for offering the best care possible.”
Officer Juanita Deskins added, “We have a top-quality cancer program at
Pikeville Medical Center staffed by knowledgeable, caring and
compassionate individuals. I’m proud of our program for maintaining
accreditation from the Commission on Cancer for 20 years. This honor
truly speaks to the high level of care provided to our cancer patients.”
in 1922 by the ACoS, 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 is made up of ACoS Fellows and 49 national organizations that
reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.
Source: Commission on Cancer
Excellence through Insight AwardPikeville Medical Center has won the Excellence through Insight Award in two units, Inpatient Oncology and Inpatient Rehabilitation.
The honor is awarded by HealthStream Research, an organization that conducts telephone surveys with hospital patients after their discharge, asking them about their stay. Patients are asked questions such as: “Did your nurse listen to your needs?” “Would you recommend this hospital to a friend or family member?” and “Did the healthcare providers care about you as a person?”
“A patient’s opinion of Pikeville Medical Center begins when they receive or make a phone call about their doctor’s appointment,” said VP/Assistant CNO Kathy Khoshreza.
“It then continues with our valet parking, greeters, housekeepers, nurses, and our physicians. Awards such as this are a true reflection of how all PMC employees are dedicated to providing the best patient satisfaction possible.”
PMC’s Inpatient Oncology physicians along with their nurses and staff, strive to educate their patients about their treatment plan and provide comfort during their stay at PMC.
“The Inpatient Oncology physicians and staff develop personal relationships with our patients during their time of need,” said Khosherza.
“We try to provide the most compassion and care possible for our patients.”
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