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Published on January 21, 2013

Altru Cancer Center Achieves Accreditation with Commendation

Grand Forks, ND – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the cancer program at Altru Cancer Center.

A facility receives a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement). In addition, a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards.

“We are honored to receive accreditation with commendation,” states Dr. Eric Lunn, Altru’s chief medical executive. “It confirms our dedication to providing high quality cancer care to our patients throughout the region.”

The accreditation program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
  • A multispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Access to cancer-related information, education and support
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • And most importantly, quality care close to home.

About Altru Cancer Center

Altru Cancer Center is the only cancer facility in Grand Forks with resources and support of a major medical center 24-hours-a-day and part of Altru’s membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Altru Cancer Center uses state-of-the-art technology for cancer treatment, including TomoTherapy, MammoSite Radiation Therapy system, a linear accelerator, a three-dimensional treatment planning computer, and a computer information system with advanced capabilities to record and verify treatments. Altru Cancer Center also recently expanded and renovated its entire chemotherapy area to allow for more space for patients. In addition to providing care in Grand Forks, providers from Altru Cancer Center also see patients in Altru’s regional clinics in the communities of Roseau and Crookston, Minnesota,  and Cavalier and Devils Lake, North Dakota.  Altru’s approval as a comprehensive community hospital cancer program is widely recognized by Joint Commission, American Cancer Society, American College of Surgeons and Association of Community Cancer Centers as a gold standard for cancer care.