Swedish American Hospital has just been recently awarded The Joint Commission’s (TJC) Gold Seal of Approval for Lung Cancer Disease Specific Care (DSC). The hospital earned its re-certification after going through rigorous evaluation. It is among just a handful of hospitals nationwide to be recognized for its extraordinary effort in battling lung cancer.
“TJC’s Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care,” according to a statement released after the awarding. The Lung Cancer DSC certification is effective only for two-years. The process of applying for one takes a considerable amount of time, energy, and funding.
Swedish American Hospital first had to undergo a voluntary and intensive on-site evaluation as one of the requirements for certification. It also had to demonstrate compliance with nationally developed standards for lung cancer care to ensure quality. The certification is a form of quality approval that can propel cancer hospitals to fame, the Rockford Rregister Star reports.
In a patient's point of view, the certification is an assurance of the kind of care that one can receive for lung cancer. Diane Scoville, director of oncology services at SwedishAmerican’s Regional Cancer Center, explains that the approval is a direct result of the exceptional expertise, hard work, and commitment by the competent physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals in the hospital's Regional Cancer Center’s Lung Cancer Program. She also says that the health teams belong in an elite group, since they are one of only nine DSC Lung Cancer Certified hospitals nationwide, The Rock RIver Times reports.
The Swedish American Hospital is also the only program in Illinois to hold certification. The hospital expresses deep honor to be granted approval and vows to serve their patients with the utmost quality care. Being one of the best lung cancer facilities in the US, the institution will have to continue to work hard to be awarded again after the certification expires.