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St. Luke’s Hospital Earns National Cancer Reaccreditation

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted reaccreditation to UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital’s cancer services. St. Luke’s is one only 11 facilities accredited in Iowa and has been accredited since 2010. St. Luke’s is part of the Nassif Community Cancer Center.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

The CoC’s core functions include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with CoC standards; collecting standardized, high-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 levels.

There are approximately 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, and these facilities treat more than 70 percent of recently diagnosed cancer patients each year. Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to the full quality spectrum of comprehensive cancer care close to home.

“We are proud to once again receive national accreditation,” says Andrea Watkinson, director of UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital Cancer Care and Nassif Community Cancer Center. “This recognition is a testament to the long-standing dedication and expertise of our entire team. It demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest quality of care and support to our patients and their families.”


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