2015 Commission on Cancer Survey Finds Memorial Hospital’s Oncology Program Outperforms State, Region, Division and Nation in Patient Outcomes

February 1, 2016

About the Commission on Cancer

Since 1985, Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County (MHMHC) has been accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a group of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

Established by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) in 1922, the CoC establishes standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care delivery in health care settings; conducts surveys in health care settings to assess compliance with those standards; collects standardized data from CoC-accredited health care settings to measure cancer care quality; uses data to monitor treatment patterns and outcomes and enhance cancer control and clinical surveillance activities; and develops effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery, and outcomes in health care settings.

What does CoC accreditation mean for our community?

MHMHC is one of the 1500 hospital programs accredited nationwide (approximately 30 percent of hospitals are accredited). Our accreditation highlights our commitment to quality cancer care. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center like MHMHC, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. Benefits of CoC accreditation include:

  • Improved results of cancer delivered by our hospital
  • Hospital provided resources for cancer screening, prevention, treatment and support
  • Access to national data to encourage quality improvement
  • Improved transparency and accountability

How is Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County doing?

During the CoC’s recent 2015 survey, MHMHC’s oncology program was commended for the following:

  • Dr. Kareem Hamdy, General Surgeon, for interpreting and reporting the results of cancer treatment at Memorial Hospital compared to national results
  • All MHMHC oncology nurses have a specialty certification in oncology
  • Excellent patient care, shown by well above average treatment results

Above Average Patient Outcomes

Memorial Hospital’s performed higher than other CoC accredited programs across the state, region, division and nation in the following areas:

  • Breast radiation after breast conserving surgery 
  • Combination chemotherapy for hormone receptor negative breast cancer
  • Adjuvant hormonal therapy for hormone receptor positive breast cancer
  • Adjuvant chemotherapy for lymph node positive colon cancer
  • Breast conserving surgery rate

Dr. Nigel Goodchild, Radiation Oncologist at Memorial Hospital, commented:

“Although our oncology program is small, it is staffed by a team of certified physicians and dedicated staff allowing individual attention with close cooperation between doctors and nurses. This provides the national recommended treatment approaches, yet tailors the cancer treatment to the individual patient’s expectations and ability to tolerate the treatment.”

To learn more about MHMHC’s oncology program, call 276.666.7200 or visit MartinsvilleHospital.com.