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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Two hospitals in Ocala receive national accreditation for cancer care

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital recently attained national accreditation for their commitment to improving survival and quality of life for patients with cancer.

In a press release on Monday morning, HCA Florida Healthcare announced that the accreditation was received under the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation Program. This program is a “consortium of professional organizations” that are dedicated to improving the lives of patients with cancer by “setting and raising standards.”

This accreditation is granted to institutions that have shown a commitment to providing high-quality cancer care by demonstrating compliance with the CoC standards. Each cancer program must undergo a rigorous evaluation, which includes a review of its performance and compliance with these standards.

In order to maintain accreditation, cancer programs must undergo a site visit every three years. The CoC accreditation standards supply the structure for providing all patients with a full range of diagnostic, treatment, and supportive services either on-site or by referral, including community-based resources.

“Accreditation under the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation Program demonstrates our commitment to the highest level of patient care,” stated HCA Florida Ocala Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Alan Keesee. “This is a signal to our community that our hospitals are the clear choice for quality cancer and surgical care.”

As a CoC-accredited institution, HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital also become ACS Surgical Quality Partners. According to HCA Florida Healthcare, being a Surgical Quality Partner signifies an institution’s dedication to consistently improving procedures and approaches while maintaining a “critical eye on process at every step.”

HCA Florida Healthcare stated in Monday’s press release that the Surgical Quality Partner designation shows that HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital are dedicated to quality and self-improvement while adhering to the most rigorous standards in surgical quality.

“ACS Quality programs are grounded in more than a century of experience and participation is an important measure of a hospital’s surgical quality,” stated ACS Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer Patricia L. Turner.

“As an ACS Surgical Quality Partner, HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital have shown a commitment providing the best possible patient care, evaluating that care in a rigorous fashion, and dedicating themselves to continuous self-improvement,” added Turner.

To learn more about the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation Program, visit the American College of Surgeons webpage.

For more information about HCA Florida Healthcare, which includes over 570 affiliated sites of care across the state including HCA Florida Ocala Hospital (1431 SW 1st Avenue in Ocala) and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital (4600 SW 46th Court in Ocala), visit HCA Florida Healthcare’s website.