Date: 4/5/2000

Community Hospital gains approval for cancer treatment program

The Commission on Cancer for the American College of Surgeons has granted approval to Community Hospital’s cancer program, recognizing the hospital’s dedication to providing the best possible cancer care to Northwest Indiana and southwest suburban Chicago communities. Only one in four hospitals that treats cancer patients has earned this accreditation.

The approval means that Community Hospital’s program meets national standards established to ensure cancer patients receive the best possible care. It also means that Community Hospital is participating in a nationwide program that is dedicated to progress in cancer care and treatment.

“The Community Hospital is making sure the community has access to the latest advances in cancer detection, treatment and even prevention,” said Edward P. Robinson, Administrator of Community Hospital. “With community outreach and expansion of our research trials here, we are working to prevent the disease when we can, and make sure those who do suffer from it have access to quality care close to home.”

To meet approval guidelines from the Commission on Cancer, Community Hospital’s cancer program was voluntarily scrutinized and evaluated to meet strict guidelines. Community Hospital’s multidisciplinary team approach to cancer treatment involves medical oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, clinical nurse specialists, and physicians specializing in internal medicine, women’s care, and neuromedicine.

To expand on the care offered at the Community Hospital, a Research Fund was recently established to support ongoing initiatives, improving access to clinical trials. As the hospital expands its research efforts, the hospital will apply for the next accreditation level - a comprehensive cancer care facility.

For more information about cancer care at Community Hospital, call 219-836-1600.