Josephine Ford Cancer Institute Awarded Accreditation

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DETROIT –— The Josephine Ford Cancer Institute, part of Henry Ford Health System, was granted a three-year accreditation with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, officials said today.

It received compliance ratings on all 34 standards including six commendations for clinical trial accrual, cancer registrar education, public reporting of outcomes, nursing care, abstracting timeliness and data quality/accuracy of data, said Krista Hopson, spokeswoman for the institute.

She said the institute achieved the accreditation following on-site surveys by experienced health care professionals during which its facilities demonstrated full compliance. The Commission’s standards represent the full scope of the cancer program. These include cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.

The Josephine Ford Cancer Institute facilities recognized as part of this honor are: Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township, Henry Ford Medical Center-Fairlane in Dearborn, Henry Ford Medical Center-Cottage in Grosse Pointe, Josephine Ford Cancer Institute-Downriver in Brownstown, and Henry Ford Medical Center-Columbus in Novi.

To qualify for accreditation, cancer programs must successfully demonstrate compliance with a rigorous examination of 34 standards, Hopson said.

In additiona, Hopson said approved programs must also show that surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists collaborate to provide quality patient care. In addition, centers must provide follow-up of patients after treatment, continuous quality review of management, a high level of support services, as well as end-of-life care.

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