OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois - Franciscan Health Olympia Fields has announced that it has received two highly regarded, three-year accreditations from the American College of Surgeons (ACOS) in recognition of its commitment to delivering quality care.
The ACOS Commission on Cancer (CoC) and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) are voluntary, national accreditations that are awarded only to those institutions that meet the highest standards of patient care.
The Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the ACOS announced that it granted a three-year teaching hospital accreditation to the cancer program at Franciscan Health in Olympia Fields.
To earn the CoC accreditation, Franciscan Health Olympia Fields was required to meet 34 separate quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain the highest levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.
"The Commission on Cancer accreditation is evidence that Franciscan Health takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer," said Allan Spooner, President and CEO, South Suburban Chicago division. "At Franciscan Health, we treat cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other specialists. We believe that this multidisciplinary approach results in improved patient care."
When patients receive care at a Commission on Cancer facility, such as Franciscan Health, they also have access to information on new treatments, patient centered services, including psycho-social support and a patient navigation process, as well as genetic counseling and information on clinical trials.
To earn the NAPBC accreditation, the Franciscan Health Breast Care Center demonstrated compliance with demanding standards established by the NAPBC for treating women with the full spectrum of breast disease. Those standards include proficiency in the areas of center leadership, multidisciplinary clinical management, survivorship care, patient navigation, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.
"We're incredibly proud of the NAPBC accreditation because it recognizes our remarkable Breast Care Center physicians and staff," Spooner said. "That team is deeply committed to providing every patient they serve with top-quality, compassionate, patient-centered care."
The centerpiece of Franciscan Health cancer care in South Suburban Chicago is the Patricia A. Joyce Comprehensive Cancer Institute, which takes a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care in partnership with other hospital departments and service lines.
The Comprehensive Cancer Institute is located at 3900 West 203rd Street in Olympia Fields. It brings together cancer specialists and a full array of cancer-eradicating technologies in one location in Chicago's Southland to help patients with their fight against cancer.