In January, the Fauquier Health Center for Cancer Care was accredited for three years by the Commission on Cancer. The survey marks a significant milestone in a two-year journey to enhance the quality and service of cancer care delivered to Fauquier Health patients.
The accreditation is a voluntary commitment by a cancer program that ensures patients have access to a full scope of services to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and support patients with cancer and their families. The Commission on Cancer is the only multidisciplinary accreditation program for cancer care in the United States; once accredited, hospitals continually evaluate their performance and outcomes.
Guided by the accreditation process, Fauquier Hospital has:
- Developed a multidisciplinary action plan to improve tobacco cessation measures.
- Implemented Yttrium-90 procedure for treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer with inoperable hepatocellular metastases.
- Began low dose 3D breast screening mammography to improve early detection of breast cancer.
- Decreased time between diagnostic mammogram and needle/core biopsy.
- Provided open MRI option to patients for a higher level of comfort.
- Transitioned to the latest generation of endoscopic equipment to improve colon polyp detection and early cancer diagnosis.
- Revitalized the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Program.
- Established a patient support group: Cancer Resources Education and Wellness (CREW).
- Implemented Cancer Advocacy Resource 4 Everyone (CARE) to provide one-on-one mentoring to cancer patients.
- Arranged nutrition counseling by a registered dietitian (RD) for all patients being treated for cancer at Fauquier Health’s Center for Cancer Care
- Implemented Healthy Steps, an exercise program at the Wellness Center designed for cancer patients.
- Arranged for interventional pain management services.