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CHS Receives Inpatient Prostate Cancer Certification by The Joint Commission
Date
01/01/2013
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Carolinas HealthCare System Receives Inpatient Prostate Cancer Certification by
The Joint Commission
Certification granted to Carolinas Medical Center-University is first in the nation

Carolinas HealthCare System's (CHS) Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) -University has become the first hospital in the nation to be granted Disease-Specific Care Certification by The Joint Commission for its inpatient prostate cancer program. This certification recognizes CMC- University's compliance with rigorous national standards for quality and safety in prostate cancer care.

“At CMC-University, we are committed to providing high quality care for all of our patients,” said Bill Leonard, president of CMC-University. “This certification is recognition that patients with prostate cancer will receive coordinated, quality care consistent with the latest evidence-based guidelines at CMC-University.”

As a certified program, CMC-University’s prostate cancer program demonstrates effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage care, measure results and improve outcomes. As the first hospital in the nation to receive inpatient prostate cancer certification by The Joint Commission, CMC-University solidifies its role of providing patients with the highest quality prostate cancer care.

“It took a lot of hard work by every member of our team, and a continued commitment to a care delivery model resulting from evidence-based practice,” said board-certified urologist Roberto Ferraro, MD. “This certification provides us a framework to take our prostate cancer program to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence at CMC-University.”

CMC-University is a charter member of CHS’s Levine Cancer Institute, a network of elite cancer centers across the Carolinas that provides patients greater access to cancer care closer to where they live.

CMC-University’s prostate cancer certification demonstrates CHS’s continued commitment to providing its patients with the highest quality of care. With more than Disease-Specific Care Certifications, CHS is at the forefront of formalizing quality-improvement efforts for a wide range of patients’ healthcare needs.

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