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 high quality community-oriented cancer care.
Williamson Medical Center provides patients with a broad range of diagnostic, treatment, preventative cancer care and supportive services. Every effort is made to meet each patient’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs, as close to home as possible. We accession more than 500 newly diagnosed cancer cases each year making us a designated, comprehensive community cancer program.
At Williamson Medical Center, a multidisciplinary group of physicians, nurses and other cancer specialist 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. Furthermore, our nurses are required to have annual ongoing education specific to oncology, reinforcing their commitment to staying up-to-date regarding the care of our patients. Williamson Medical Center has full-time medical and radiation oncologist 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:
- Health promotion and disease prevention initiatives including cancer screenings, community and work-site seminars, education classes and support groups, much of which is offered free to the community.
- Attendance by physicians and staff at biweekly cancer conferences to discuss patient care, treatment and outcomes.
- A Cancer Registry to input and report all cancer cases diagnosed at WMC to the National Cancer Database. This helps medical and administrative staff to identify cancer disparities in our community and continuously manage and improve patient care and services more effectively.
- A dedicated oncology navigator to guide patients and families starting at suspicious finding and throughout the continuum of care.
Accreditation with Commendations
Williamson Medical Center’s cancer program is accredited with commendations 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. It also guarantees patients access to important components of treatment recommended by the Health and Medicine Division, National Cancer Comprehensive Network and American Society of Clinical Oncology.
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 are breast health and lung navigators who guide 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 2016, 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 national averages in all categories with set benchmarks.
|Expected Performance Rate||WMC||National|
|80%||91%||90.7%||Breast Image or palpation-guided needle biopsy (core or FNA) is performed to establish diagnosis of breast cancer. Std 4.5|
|90%||100%||84.4%||Breast Radiation therapy is considered or administered following any mastectomy within 1 year (365 days) of diagnosis of breast cancer for women with >= 4 positive regional lymph nodes. Std 4.4|
|90%||93.3%||89%||Breast Radiation is administered within 1 year (365 days) of diagnosis for women under the age of 70 receiving breast conservation surgery for breast cancer. Std 4.4|
|90%||92.5%||89.7%||Breast Tamoxifen or third generation aromatase inhibitor is considered or administered within 1 year (365 days) of diagnosis for women with AJCC T1c or stage IB-III hormone receptor positive breast cancer. Std 4.4|
|85%||95.2%||90.3%||Colon At least 12 regional lymph nodes are removed and pathologically examined for resected colon cancer. Std 4.5|
|85%||100%||94.3%||Lung Surgery is not the first course of treatment for cN2, M0 lung cases (Quality Improvement). Std 4.5|