SwedishAmerican’s Regional Cancer Center is pleased to announce it has successfully earned re-certification of The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Lung Cancer Disease Specific Care. The Regional Cancer Center is one of only five programs in the country to achieve the certification in the past five years.


“We are truly in an elite group with this re-certification,” SwedishAmerican President and CEO Dr. Michael Born said. “This is a reflection of how dedicated our staff is to providing the highest level of care for patients with lung cancer. It’s a remarkable achievement for the Regional Cancer Center and our organization.”


SwedishAmerican earned the certification after undergoing a voluntary and rigorous on-site evaluation, demonstrating compliance with the nationally developed standards for lunch cancer care.


Lung cancer is the second-most-common cancer in both men and women. It often goes undetected until the cancer has reached the 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 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.