WEBSTER, TEXAS June 22, 2016 – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation to the cancer program at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center (CLRMC).  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. 

As a CoC-accredited cancer center, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists.  This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care. 

“The CoC encompasses the best minds in cancer care across the nation, utilizing expertise from the entire oncology community,” said Dr. John Byrne, chief medical officer for Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. “We are honored to be one of the largest providers of oncology care for the bay area of Houston and bringing this expertise to the wonderful community we are privileged to serve.”

The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Clear Lake Regional Medical Center to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs focusing on the full spectrum of cancer care, including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, lifelong follow-up for recurrent disease and end-of-life care. Patients receiving care at a CoC facility also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling and patient-centered services including psychosocial support, a patient navigation process and survivorship care that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.  

Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society (ACS).  This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world.  Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care.  CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional and state benchmark reports.  These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.  

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 http://www.facs.org/cancer.

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About Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center is a full-service hospital offering inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and specialty services. The campus includes Level II trauma capabilities, The Brain & Spine Institute, The Heart & Vascular Hospital, a bariatrics program, an NAPBC-accredited Breast Diagnostic Center, a Commission on Cancer-accredited oncology program, a Level IIIb Neonatal ICU, the area’s only pediatric emergency department and pediatric ICU, and a comprehensive range of services for patients of all ages. With a medical staff of more than 950, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center employs more than 2,100 medical professionals and has served the community for more than 40 years. In 2013, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center invested $92 million in an expansion and renovation project that enhanced services to better serve the community of the bay area of Houston. For more information, call 281-332-2511 or visit online at clearlakermc.com for the latest news and updates, or stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter.

About HCA Gulf Coast Division

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities.  It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses.  HCA-affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 13 hospitals, eight ambulatory centers, seven off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius.  For more information, visit our website at http://hcagulfcoast.com/