Cancer Care at Stamford Health
Cancer Center: Outstanding Achievement Award
The Stamford Health Bennett Cancer Center multidisciplinary team of board-certified physicians, radiation therapists, oncology nurses and nurse navigators strive to achieve the highest quality of care. For patients and the community, adherence to quality standards established by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (ACoS CoC) ensure the highest level of clinical care.
BCC Patient experiences music therapy in the atrium
The ACoS CoC standards encompass care across a broad range of services. Services include prevention and early detection programs, cancer education services, treatment, a cancer registry that offers lifelong patient follow-up, and ongoing monitoring and improvements in quality cancer care. Patients and their families can benefit from personalized and family-centered supportive care options including integrative medicine programs, individual and family counseling, prevention and survivorship programs, and palliative and hospice care.
In addition to comprehensive medical services, the Bennett Cancer Center provides a number of unique patient and family-centered services. These include:
- Integrative Medicine
- Support Services
- Nurse Navigation
- Nutritional Counseling
- Genetic Counseling
- Pain and Palliative Care
- Art and Music Therapy
- Survivorship Program
- Patient and Family Advisory Council
The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (ACoS CoC) has developed a rigorous and detailed set of standards for organizations striving to achieve the best in cancer care. Organizations such as Stamford Health’s Bennett Cancer Center, who voluntarily pursue ACoS CoC recognition, do so through a comprehensive on-site survey process, by trained personnel specialized in the evaluation of cancer care.
The ACoS CoC looks at the following five areas:
- Cancer committee leadership: Does the organization have the most qualified personnel leading its cancer programs?
- Cancer data management: Following a cancer diagnosis, can the organization track the ongoing services and outcomes of care of its patients?
- Cancer conferences: Do different specialists work together to make treatment decisions at special conferences?
- Clinical management: Does the organization use the best treatment protocols to care for its patients?
- Quality improvement: Can the organization measure its care to show that it is delivering the best care as quickly as possible?
ACoS CoC measures the degree to which organizations can excel in these five areas by looking at many standards and performance measures.
For example, we know that clinical cancer research advances science and ensures that patient care approaches the highest possible level of quality. The ACoS CoC measures this standard by looking at the percent of a cancer program’s patients enrolled in these cutting edge research studies. ACoS CoC requires that at least 6% of patients are enrolled in these studies, and Stamford’s rate is almost double this at 10%.
Chemotherapy treatment at Bennett Cancer Center
Stamford Health has worked to exceed rigorous ACoS CoC standards in many areas, These include the percent of cancer patients whose treatment plans are reviewed by a team of specialist physicians (instead of only the patient’s oncologist), and the percent of its nurses who have received specialized chemotherapy training.
In the outpatient setting, Stamford Health’s cancer specialists have demonstrated their commitment to provide the highest quality care through participation in the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI). Hematology-Oncology PC, the physician group providing care to patients at Stamford Health’s Bennett Cancer Center, was recently recognized by the ASCO QOPI.
The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that voluntarily complete a self-assessment and meet the highest standards for quality cancer care. To become certified, practices have to submit to an evaluation of the following areas of their practice:
- Treatment planning
- Staff training and education
- Chemotherapy orders and drug preparation
- Patient consent and education
- Safe chemotherapy administration
- Monitoring and assessment of patient well-being
Through voluntary and detailed self-assessment processes related to the number of standards above, Stamford Health’s cancer program has exceeded practice standards and received national recognition.
Outstanding Achievement Award Infographic
The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has recognized the quality of care at Stamford Health’s Cancer Center with the Outstanding Achievement Award. Stamford is the only hospital in the State of Connecticut to receive this recognition in 2013. The figure below depicts the significance of this achievement.
In addition, in the outpatient setting, Stamford Health’s cancer specialists have demonstrated their commitment to provide the highest quality care through participation in the American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Oncology Practice Initiative. Hematology-Oncology, PC is one of only 5 practices in the state of Connecticut to have achieved this designation.