Alegent Health’s Metro Cancer Centers Receive National Accreditation
Release Date: 10/11/2007

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OMAHA, Neb. - The Alegent Health Cancer Center – with locations at all metro-Omaha Alegent Health campuses and the Midwest Cancer Center – has received a three-year Network Accreditation with Commendation from the American College of Surgeons’s Commission on Cancer (CoC). The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

For patients, accreditation received from the CoC ensures that quality care is made available through cancer programs in hospitals close to home, like those located in all Alegent Health Cancer Centers.

“This accreditation ensures our patients and their families that we will continue to provide comprehensive care which they have come to expect at Alegent Health while offering them a more complete range of state-of-the-art services and equipment, a multidisciplinary team approach in coordinating the best treatment options available and access to cancer-related education and support within one system,” said Gamini Soori, M.D., MBA, medical director at Bergan Mercy Cancer Center.

Along with Network Accreditation, the Alegent Health Cancer Center was recognized with Commendation status by demonstrating outstanding performance in several areas. Those areas included enhanced and increased prevention and early detection programming, accuracy in staging tumors, high quality clinical outcomes, improvements to community outreach programs offered and ongoing education provided to cancer care providers.

Network Accreditation is a testament to the integration of cancer services and an assurance of one consistent standard of care governed by a single board of directors and one cancer registry database. Alegent Health is now one of only 22 network cancer programs nationwide to receive a three-year Network Accreditation with Commendation from the American College of Surgeon’s CoC.

This new accreditation replaces the individual hospital accreditations that Bergan Mercy and Immanuel Medical Centers and Midlands Hospital have held in the past.

“This is the highest designation that we can achieve for the Alegent Health Cancer Center in the American College of Surgeons Accreditation Program. We are truly proud of this accomplishment,” added Dr. Soori who serves as the chairman of the Alegent Health Network Cancer Committee.

All metro-area Alegent Health Cancer Centers received notification of the national accreditation from the Commission on Cancer in early August. The Alegent Health Cancer Center is the only network in the region to receive this accreditation.