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SwedishAmerican Among Nation's First Hospitals to Receive Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Lung Cancer
October 2, 2013
SwedishAmerican Hospital is among the first in the nation to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ by demonstrating compliance with the organization’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care for lung cancer.
Prior to receiving the recognition on September 19, 2013, SwedishAmerican underwent rigorous preparation for the on-site survey. The hospital and outpatient clinic sites were evaluated for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including program management, delivery of clinical care, supporting patient self-management, clinical information management and performance measurement.
SwedishAmerican Hospital has achieved this distinction as a “Lung Cancer Center of Excellence” through its integrated approach to providing world-class lung cancer care.
“We are in an elite group, since there are only five other lung cancer certified hospitals in the country, with the closest one being in Columbus, Ohio," says SwedishAmerican Health System CEO Dr. Bill Gorski. "This honor affirms our commitment to the highest level of care for patients with lung cancer.
Lung cancer is the second-most-common cancer in both men and women. It often goes undetected until the cancer has reached an advanced stage, which can affect survival. Patients diagnosed with lung cancer require a team approach to their care. At SwedishAmerican, a team of specialists from multiple disciplines jointly evaluate patients with known or suspected lung tumors in a timely and coordinated manner. A registered nurse serves as a navigator, assisting the patient with education, support and coordination of services throughout their diagnosis and treatment.
About SwedishAmerican Health System
SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed healthcare system, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. The health system is comprised of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, and a foundation. SwedishAmerican will soon expand world-class cancer services across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin when it opens a new outpatient cancer center in October 2013.