Accredited cancer care close to home
Williamson Medical Center’s accredited cancer program offers a variety of cancer services, providing a multidisciplinary approach to the delivery of community-oriented cancer care.
Williamson Medical Center provides patients with a broad range of diagnostic, treatment and preventive care. Every effort is made to meet each patient’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs, as close to home as possible.
At Williamson Medical Center, a multidisciplinary group of physicians, nurses and other cancer specialists work together to provide care for cancer patients. Williamson Medical Center’s oncology unit is staffed by chemotherapy certified nurses, many of whom hold a national certification in oncology from the Oncology Nursing Society. Williamson Medical Center has full-time medical oncologists on staff, with offices located in the community. Some key aspects of Williamson Medical Center’s commitment to the care of patients with cancer include:
- A Cancer Registry to help medical and administrative staff manage patient care and services more effectively.
- Attendance by physicians and staff at monthly cancer conferences to discuss patient care, treatment and outcomes.
- Health promotion and disease prevention initiatives including cancer screenings, community and work site seminars, educational classes and support groups-much of which is offered free to the community.
Accreditation with Commendation
Williamson Medical Center’s cancer program is accredited with commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The three-year accreditation is the result of an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor who confirmed WMC’s cancer program meets quality of care standards for cancer patients.
Accreditation is given only to those facilities that voluntarily commit to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and undergo a rigorous evaluation. Accreditation means area residents have access to a comprehensive program with a multidisciplinary approach to treatment.
The Commission on Cancer evaluates cancer programs based on 36 standards, ranging from early diagnosis and prevention initiatives to treatment options, including access to clinical trials. To earn accreditation with commendation, Williamson Medical Center’s cancer program exceeded expectations in the maximum number of standards.
Although only about 25 percent of U.S. hospitals have accredited cancer programs, the Commission on Cancer estimates 80 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients are treated in those facilities. Unique to Williamson Medical Center’s cancer program is a breast health navigator, who guides breast cancer patients along their journey from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up care.
The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care.
Accredited Cancer Program exceeds national standards
In 2012, the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer gave Williamson Medical Center’s accredited Cancer Program high remarks for providing appropriate and timely care to patients battling major cancers. WMC achieved significantly higher scores than the state and national averages in most categories.
*Results based on performance rates through December 2012
2015 Cancer Committee Report to the Community
2015 was a busy year for Williamson Medical Center for its breast program. In June, we proudly opened the WMG Breast Health Center. This allows screening, diagnostic and breast surgeon and patient navigator services to be available under one roof in the outpatient building. Williamson Medical Center breast services are recognized for breast cancer care by NAPC accreditation as well as American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer accreditation.
Community outreach promoting breast health, services and the Breast Health Center was robust. Dr. Julie Means-Powell, Cary Ralph, RN-Certified Nurse Navigator, and Maureen Chace, RN-Patient Navigator went out in the community to numerous health fairs, luncheons, the Williamson County Fair, the Franklin Rodeo, Williamson Chamber events and lectures at WMC. Pamphlets, flyers and education were provided for the public and WMC employees.
Breast cancer is continually the top cancer site we see at WMC. In 2014 (the last complete year of data), there were 95 cases of breast cancer diagnosed and/or treated at this facility. We are happy to report, the majority of the patients are diagnosed with early stage disease, accounting for at least 60% being stage 0 or 1.
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The community needs assessment assisted in recognizing there is a population at risk for not obtaining screening mammograms. Williamson Medical Center has established a Free Screening Mammogram Program that is made possible through generous grant funds donated by the Nashville Wine Auction as well as a reduction in cost of services by Williamson Medical Center and Advanced Diagnostic Imaging. Uninsured women in the community who might otherwise forgo a screening mammogram are given this opportunity. In December, the Cancer Committee 2015 program results were reported: 21 free mammograms were completed and 17 were currently being scheduled, for 38 total. There were 3 callbacks with no cancer diagnosis made, with 1-year follow-up recommended for each. Mammography coordinators call patients and provide referral and follow-up instructions. The language line is being utilized for any patients not fluid in English.