Kootenai Clinic Cancer Services receives national accreditation by the Commission on Cancer
Kootenai Clinic Cancer Services has a history of providing comprehensive cancer care to the patients of northern Idaho, Eastern Washington, and western Montana. Kootenai’s commitment was recently recognized with an Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. This Accreditation award places Kootenai in the top rankings of Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Programs.
Accreditation by the Commission on Cancer is awarded to cancer programs that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality cancer care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. After an on-site survey, Cancer Services received acknowledgment for its commitment to high-quality cancer care through efforts in clinical services, research, community outreach, quality improvement, cancer committee leadership and cancer data management.
Cancer Services opened in 1987 as North Idaho Cancer Center. The center offers patients the best in cancer care with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and advance practice professionals. Cancer Services has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Cancer since 1990.
“We are able to achieve high standards because of our staff and physicians,” Jeanne Atha,
Commission on Cancer Accreditation ensures that patients receive:
- Comprehensive care, including a complete range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
- A team approach to coordinate the best available treatment options.
- Information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options.
- Access to prevention and early detection programs, cancer education, and support services.
- A cancer registry that offers lifelong patient follow-up.
- Ongoing monitoring and improvements in cancer care.
The Commission on Cancer is a nationally recognized consortium of professional organizations that set the standards for quality, multi-disciplinary cancer care. The data collected by the Commission on Cancer is issued to improve care outcomes at the local, state and national level. The Commission on Cancer was established by the American College of Surgeons in 1922.