Dedicated to Quality Outcomes
We value the quality of care we provide to our patients and their families.
That's why we think its vital that all of our medical specialists
have the most advanced training available. All physicians affiliated with
the Regional Cancer Center are board-certified, and many have fellowship
training in their area of expertise. Having the most advanced technology
and services available for our community also demonstrates our quality.
The 5 year survival rate describes the percentage of people who survive
at least five years after a diagnosis of cancer. At Mary Washington Healthcare,
with the comprehensive resources and physicians of the Regional Cancer
Center, 5-year survival rates have significantly increased in the past 20 years.
We also measure quality through our certifications. These national certifications
review all aspects of our care from how well our patients do to how collaborative
we are, to how well we communicate. Mary Washington Hospital's cancer
program is mature, and has been certified for several years. Our key certifications are:
Commission on Cancer
Mary Washington Hospital is accredited by the Commission on Cancer every
three years. Our last accreditation in early 2012 earned us accreditation
with commendation in all eight categories:
- Hospital-based and program resources
- Clinical management
- Community outreach
- Quality improvement
- Professional education
- Cancer data management and registry operations
Established by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer
is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients
through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and monitoring
of comprehensive quality care.
Stafford Hospital's cancer program has been existence for two years.
We will be applying for Commission on Cancer accreditation in 2013. We
are currently measuring our quality based on Commission on Cancer guidelines
and are performing well. We look forward to our application for accreditation.
National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
The Imaging Center for Women is one of the premiere breast imaging centers
in the country. The Imaging Center for Women was awarded three-year accreditation
in 2010 by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
Centers are rated on stringent criteria in 17 categories. The Imaging Center
for Women had excellent performance in all 17 categories:
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers represents a consortium
of national, professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of
the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases
of the breast. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific
validation, and patient and professional education. The NAPBC Board has
worked diligently to assure multidisciplinary leadership representation
and has recently sanctioned its program structure and standards, which
include nationally recognized breast cancer quality performance measures
that will serve as an initial platform for measuring quality improvement.
Cancer registrars are healthcare professionals that collect, analyze, and
report cancer data. Details on diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship
are collected for every patient we see and treat. The cancer registrars
at Mary Washington Healthcare provide us with valuable cancer statistics
and help us determine what cancer treatments are the most effective. The
information they collect is reported, by law, to the state and federal
government, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and
the National Cancer Institute.