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Sanford Cancer receives three-year accreditation

On-site evaluation results in recognition from Commission on Cancer

(Sioux Falls, SD) – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted three-year accreditation with commendation to Sanford Cancer in Sioux Falls.

Sanford received accreditation after an on-site evaluation that required it to demonstrate excellence in several standards, including cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

Only 30 percent of cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico are accredited by the CoC.

“Meeting patient needs and providing first-rate care involves a comprehensive approach,” said Maria Bell, MD, chairperson of Sanford’s Cancer Committee. “We’ve developed a complete program to treat cancer at Sanford, always keeping those patients we serve at the forefront.”

When visiting a CoC-accredited program, patients have access to comprehensive care, a multi-specialty team, information about on-going clinical trials and new treatments, a cancer registry that offers life-long follow-up and quality care close to home.

Sanford is dedicated to being the region’s preeminent provider of cancer care services and a leader in cancer education, prevention, detection, treatment and research. As a National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program partner site, Sanford is committed to the rapid delivery of evidence-based care closer to home.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Ghana, Israel and Mexico.

Sanford Health includes 35 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and 1,200 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 25,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's nearly $700 million in gifts, the largest ever to a health care organization in America. These gifts are making possible the implementation of several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding cures for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, please visit sanfordhealth.org.


Contact:

Tim Gerszewski
Sanford Media Strategist – Sioux Falls Region
(605) 366-2432 / timothy.gerszewski@sanfordhealth.org
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