SwedishAmerican Only Hospital in Illinois Awarded Lung Cancer Certification from The Joint Commission

SwedishAmerican Hospital announced it recently earned re-certification of The Joint Commission’s (TJC) Gold Seal of Approval for Lung Cancer Disease Specific Care (DSC) and is the only hospital in Illinois to receive DSC Certification for Lung Cancer from the TJC.

TJC’s Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care, according to TJC. SwedishAmerican received its two-year Lung Cancer DSC Certification after undergoing a voluntary and rigorous on-site evaluation, demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for lung cancer care.

SwedishAmerican was among the first in the nation to earn DSC Certification for Lung Cancer from the TJC in September 2013, achieving the distinction as a “Lung Cancer Center of Excellence” through its integrated approach to providing world-class lung cancer care.

“This certification is a direct result of the unsurpassed expertise, hard work and commitment by the board-certified physicians, specially trained nurses and other health care professionals who make up the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center’s Lung Cancer Program,” says Diane Scoville, director of oncology services at SwedishAmerican’s Regional Cancer Center. “Lung cancer is one of the most frequently treated types of cancer at the Cancer Center and I am proud that our efforts to provide the best care possible have been recognized for the second time.”

“We are in an elite group, since there is one of only nine other DSC Lung Cancer Certified hospitals in the country, and the only program in Illinois to hold certification,” says SwedishAmerican President and 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.

For more information on SwedishAmerican’s award-winning Regional Cancer Center, visit www.swedishamerican.org/services/cancer_care/.

About SwedishAmerican
A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

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Katryna Kirby