Morton Hospital's Cancer Program Receives National Accreditation

Wednesday, November 07, 2012


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The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Program at Morton Hospital.

The CoC Accreditation Program sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs. Accreditation is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to: comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the art services and equipment; a multispecialty, team approach to coordinating the best treatment options; a cancer registry that collects data on type, stage of cancers and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up; and most importantly, quality care close to home.

“Earning the Commission on Cancer Accreditation is an important accomplishment, and one that all of us at Morton Hospital are very proud to have earned,” said Robert McNamee, MD, medical oncologist and Cancer Committee chair. “We take a team approach to providing the best quality care to our patients in the community where they live.  More than 90 percent of cancer diagnoses can be effectively treated here at Morton Hospital.  When you consider the time and the cost for the patient and their family to travel to Boston, as well as the stress and anxiety associated with cancer treatment, the obvious choice is to choose a top quality treatment center that is located nearby.”  

Through Steward Health Care System, Morton Hospital oncology patients also have access to specialists from Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center, with facilities in Fall River and Dartmouth, and Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton.  Both hospitals offer state-of-the-art radiation oncology programs, helping to keep care in the local community.  “Our goal is to keep cancer care here at Morton Hospital and in the communities where our patients live,” said McNamee.  “When care is convenient, patients are more likely to follow their treatment plan and return for follow-up care as needed.”  McNamee practices with Judith Kleinerman, MD.  The two have been providing comprehensive hematology and oncology services in Taunton to patients of all ages and diagnoses since the inception of their practice, Medical Specialists of Taunton, more than 30 years ago.  

Morton Hospital’s cancer program gives patients access to some of the area’s leading board-certified medical oncologists, as well as highly skilled radiologists, surgeons, pathologists, nurses, therapists, dietitians, social workers, and other professional support staff dedicated to treating patients with all types of cancers.

Learn more about cancer care at Morton Hospital.

About the Commission on Cancer Accreditation Program
Cancer patient data is reported by each CoC-accredited cancer program to the CoC’s National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint CoC/American Cancer Society program. NCDB data is regularly used to monitor and improve the quality of patient care delivered in CoC-accredited cancer programs. Through an exclusive partnership with the American Cancer Society, the CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program.

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