March 2, 2007

VICC sees accreditation renewed

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(photo by Dana Johnson)

VICC sees accreditation renewed

The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has received a three-year accreditation renewal, with commendation, from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) — the highest level of approval a cancer center can earn from the organization.

Vanderbilt-Ingram met all 36 standards and excelled beyond many in fields including leadership, data management, research and community outreach.

Fewer than 25 percent of hospitals in the United States and Puerto Rico receive the honor, and even fewer are given accreditation with commendation.

According to the ACS, approved facilities have multi-specialty teams of medical professionals, excellent treatment options, clinical trials, state-of-the-art equipment, patient education and support, and a cancer data registry with a lifelong patient follow-up.

The Commission on Cancer, established in 1922 by the ACS, is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients.

Its membership includes the Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 40 national organizations.