Sanford Health Receives Accreditation with Commendation for Cancer Program

Sanford Medical Center Fargo received The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons’ Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation for its cancer program by demonstrating an excellent level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program.

Commission on Cancer logo(Fargo, ND) –  Sanford Medical Center Fargo received The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons’ Three-Year  Accreditation with Commendation for its cancer program by demonstrating an excellent level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program.

 “This Accreditation is an honor,” says John Leitch MD, Chair of Sanford Medical Center's Cancer Committee and Medical Oncologist at Sanford Health's Roger Maris Cancer Center. “This sends a message to our patients that we are doing everything we can to ensure the community has access to the services required to diagnose, treat and support anyone with a cancer diagnosis.”

 "Sanford Health's Roger Maris Cancer Center is committed to delivering the highest quality cancer care possible. On behalf of Sanford Health, congratulations to all involved for the achievement of Accreditation with Commendation," says Dennis Millirons, President of Sanford Medical Center Fargo. 

Since its inception in 1922, the Commission’s goal has been to reduce the morbidity and mortality of cancer through education, standard setting and the monitoring of quality care. Beginning in the 1930s, the Commission established standards and a program of review and accreditation for cancer. Sanford Medical Center Fargo has been an approved program since 1940. Only 30 percent of the hospitals in the country are accredited by the Commission of Cancer, of these only 50 percent at the Commendation level.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 112 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Ghana, Israel and Mexico.

Sanford Health includes 34 hospitals, 116 clinic locations and more than 1,000 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 20,000 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 $400 million gift in 2007, the largest gift ever to a health care organization in America. This gift is making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers, eradicating breast cancer and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org


Contact:

Andrea Voorhees
Sanford Media Strategist – Fargo Region
(701) 200-6080 / andrea.voorhees@sanfordhealth.org