MLH is one of only 55 health systems across the nation to receive System accreditation
(Bryn Mawr, PA, June 9, 2017) – The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Silver-Level Commendation to Main Line Health Cancer Care. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Main Line Health is one of 55 health systems in the nation to receive an Integrated Network Cancer Program (INCP) system accreditation.
“This award reflects the incredible work and dedication of our oncology team across our system,” said Dr. Michael Walker, MLH Cancer Care Medical Director. “Each day our cancer experts focus on providing high-quality care and a superior experience, ensuring that our patients have access to advanced technology for the best possible outcomes throughout the communities we serve.”
The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Main Line Health to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care, including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation and survivorship. Main Line Health cares for over 3,300 cancer patients a year and utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer using the collective expertise of surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists.
When patients receive care at a Main Line Health Cancer Care facility, they also have access to leading clinical trials through the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP); Main Line Health is one of 34 community programs in the country awarded this prestigious grant to support clinical trial research. Main Line Health Cancer Care patients also benefit from advanced genetic counseling, psycho-social and nutritional support, patient navigators, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and improves cancer survivors’ quality of life. The cancer program also maintains a robust cancer registry to support quality initiatives and to contribute to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a nationwide oncology outcomes database.
For information about Main Line Health Cancer Care, visit mainlinehealth.org/cancer.
About Main Line Health
Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital; Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; and Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, a home health service. Main Line Health also consists of Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician networks, and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical research organization located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center. Main Line Health is also comprised of five outpatient health centers.
With more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy. To learn more, visit mainlinehealth.org.
About the Commission on Cancer
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. For more information, visit:www.facs.org/cancer.
Photo Caption: Main Line Health Cancer Care leaders display their accreditation certificate. From left to right: Gary Antonelli, Director of Oncology, Lankenau Medical Center; Susan Zuk, Cancer Center Program Director, Paoli Hospital; Lorie Matson, Oncology Program Manager at Riddle Hospital; Rachael Brandt, Manager, Genetic Risk Assessment Program, Main Line Health; Dr. Michael Walker, MLH Cancer Care Medical Director; K. Lynne Quinn, Director of Oncology, Bryn Mawr Hospital/Main Line Health Center in Newtown Square; Greg Kasmer, System Director, Main Line Health Cancer Services.