April 4, 2013
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
One of the hallmarks of the excellence
of NCH Healthcare is our cancer program. The impact of cancer on society
is staggering, as it will afflict one of three of us and, sadly, take one in
four. By coordinating our superb oncology services—inpatient, outpatient
and all of the medical, surgical and radiation therapy specialists—we can
improve outcomes, while helping patients limit the time and energy in receiving
diagnosis and care.
This year, once again, as it
has for the past 30 years continuously, our cancer program has earned
accreditation by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on
Cancer. This year’s survey resulted in the accreditation for three more
years with five commendations awarded (when an institution exceeds one of the
34 accreditation standards).
- One commendation was awarded for our
exceeding the ACoS Standard for Clinical Trials, due largely to the
support from Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS), which placed 100% of the
patients on our clinical trials. We congratulate and thank FCS for their
superb support to state of the art therapy.
- Two commendations were due to the superb
efforts of our Cancer Registry for abstracting time frame and for
error-free submissions of data to the ACoS National Cancer Data
Base. Barbara O’Hara, Certified Tumor Registrar and Manager
of the Cancer Registry, and her terrific staff are to be congratulated for
- The additional two commendations involved
exceeding ACoS Standards for the number of Quality Improvement Studies
implemented and documented, and for exceeding the number of prevention and
early detection programs offered each year.
Congratulations to the
members of the NCH Cancer Committee and all those who participated in
preparations for this successful ACoS Accreditation. We especially want
to thank our 21st Century Radiation Oncology partner for the
leadership and time commitment of Drs. Chaundre Cross and Michael
Hanus as Dr. Cross passed the Chairman’s gavel to Dr. Hanus as he assumed
the Chair of the NCH Cancer Committee and worked to support the accreditation
efforts. General Surgeon Dr. Sam Tunkle serves as our ACoS Cancer
Liaison Physician. As such, he has had—and continues to have—a
significant amount of responsibility for our Cancer Committee and, therefore,
for our accreditation success.
Our growing emphasis on
cancer care is being led by Roy Threet, our new Administrator of the NCH
Oncology Service Line, and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare
Executives. Roy comes to us from Fort Worth, Texas with 30 years of
quality experience, having led hospital-based cancer programs—including at
three universities—as well as free-standing cancer centers and physician-owned
oncology practices. Roy describes his task as "getting up every day,
working hard, and going to bed every night focused on making things better for
cancer patients.” He has committed to accomplish wonderful goals by
communicating, coordinating, collaborating and integrating the many moving
elements which form the NCH Oncology Service Line.
Beyond our distinction for
cancer care, NCH has been a national leader in other areas, like cardiology,
where we are ranked in the top 10% by the Society of Thoracic Surgery and by
HealthGrades. We also have been for many years the busiest total joint
replacement hospital for hips and knees in Florida for Medicare patients.
All these leadership programs, buttressed by our Mayo affiliation, make NCH the
preeminent hospital it has grown to become. Our challenge is to continue
to improve that standing every day we come to work.