John B. Amos cancer center receives two accreditations

Press Release

COLUMBUS, GA - The cancer program at the John B. Amos Cancer Center of Columbus Regional Healthcare System recently achieved three-year accreditation status by two national accrediting agencies.

The Commission on Cancer granted the comprehensive cancer program a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation, while the American College of Radiation Oncology awarded full accreditation to John B. Amos Cancer Center's Radiation Oncology Practice.

"We are pleased that our cancer program has met, and in many cases exceeded, the stringent standards of these accrediting bodies," said Andrew Pippas, M.D., Medical Director for the John B. Amos Cancer Center. "For our Cancer Center, this means that our team, technology, quality measures, clinical research and all the other elements that comprise our program have earned two national gold seals of approval. But more importantly, these accreditations assure our community that they have access to superb cancer care right here in Columbus."

To achieve the Commission on Cancer's Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation, the John B. Amos Cancer Center participated in a comprehensive on-site evaluation conducted by a physician surveyor.

The surveyor evaluated all aspects of the program, and determined a commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program, including the cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement. In addition, the John B. Amos Cancer Center received a compliance rating for all other standards.

Similarly, the American College of Radiation Oncology conducted an on-site review and data analysis to ascertain that the equipment, staff, policies, procedures and treatment program of the John B. Amos Cancer Center's radiation practice meet the accepted standards of modern day radiation therapy delivered in the United States. The survey and data analysis were conducted by board-certified radiation oncologists and radiation physicists active in ACRO'S Practice Accreditation Program.

"We are extremely proud to have achieved accreditation through both the Commission on Cancer and the American College of Radiation Oncology," said Matt Sherer, Administrative Director of the John B. Amos Cancer Center.  "These accreditations demonstrate the commitment of our staff, physicians, and Columbus Regional to provide world class care here in Columbus.  As a community-based, not-for-profit, cancer program, these important accreditations mean cancer patients within our community are assured access to the high-quality and comprehensive care they need close to home."

Source: Columbus Regional Healthcare System