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VBMC’s Dyson Cancer Center Recognized for Outstanding Program
07/10/2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Theresa Mulkins, Director of Public Relations
OFFICE: (845) 483-6418
MOBILE: (845) 416-0377
tmulkins@health-quest.org

Poughkeepsie, NY - July 10, 2008 - Vassar Brothers Medical Center's Oncology program has been granted a three year accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) despite new and tougher standards that were added this year. Nationwide, only 66 oncology programs received this award out of an average of 500 programs surveyed each year. Vassar Brothers Medical Center is one of only 22 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in New York State and the only Comprehensive Center in the mid-Hudson Valley.

A facility receives Three Year Approval with Commendation following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation Level of Compliance with one or more standards. These standards represent the full scope of the cancer program and include cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

This is the first year that the required standards increased to nine. According to the report, Vassar Brothers demonstrated a Commendation Level of Compliance with all designated programs standards.

According to the Commission on Cancer, the fact that Vassar Brothers meets their standards ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a complete range of state-of-the art services and equipment;
  • a multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate the best available treatment options;
  • information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options;
  • access to prevention and early detection programs, cancer education and support services;
  • a cancer registry that collects data on type and stages of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up;
  • ongoing monitoring and improvements in cancer care; and
  • quality care, close to home.

About the Commission on Cancer (CoC)

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving the survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

For more information visit www.facs.org/cancer/index.html

About the Dyson Center for Cancer Care

The oncology program at VBMC including the Dyson Center for Cancer Care is the result of a singular dedication to quality care and decades of cancer experience. Patients are offered aggressive treatment options, and the emotional support needed to face cancer.

By providing comprehensive, compassionate, patient-centered care close to home patients have access to state-of-the-art treatment utilizing the most advanced technology available. The essence of that goal is accomplished by having available the full continuum of coordinated, patient care services and with a strong commitment to education and clinical research.

State-of-the-art treatment offered to patients include Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), Stereotactic Radiosurgery/Radiotherapy, Brachytherapy, the daVinci Robotic Surgery System, genetic testing and counseling and clinical trials.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center is a 365-bed facility that has been serving New York's Mid-Hudson Valley since 1887. Located on the banks of the Hudson River, Vassar Brothers has established centers of excellence in cardiac services, cancer care and women and children's health services. As a regional medical center, Vassar Brothers houses the area's first and only cardiothoracic surgery center between Westchester and Albany and delivers more babies than any other hospital between Manhattan and Montreal.

Vassar Brothers is an affiliate of the Health Quest hospital system, which also includes Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck and Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel.

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