Published on September 10, 2010

Mary Greeley Medical Center Cancer Program Granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation


Ames, Iowa – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Program at Mary Greeley Medical Center.

Commission on Cancer recognizes the medical center’s commitment to the community and to patients with cancer seen at Mary Greeley Medical Center. A facility receives a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation following the onsite evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement). In addition, a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC 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.

The core functions of the CoC include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards; collecting standardized and quality data from accredited facilities; and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state and local level.

The Accreditation Program sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

Oncology Services Director Sue Scoles at Mary Greeley Medical Center says: “Receiving care at our cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment; a multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options; information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options; access to cancer-related information, education and support; a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up; ongoing monitoring and improvement of care; and most importantly, every patient gets quality care close to home. I am very proud of our staff and the diligent work they do to ensure quality care is provided to every patient, every day.”

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Mary Greeley Medical Center has been providing high quality, cost effective health care services that advance the health of central Iowans through specialized care and personal touch for more than 90 years. Please visit or call 515-239-2011 for additional information.