West Suburban Medical Center is Commission on Cancer (CoC) accredited by the the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). Explore each year in review, quality highlights and recent improvements below.
West Suburban Medical Center has achieved accreditation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the National Accredited Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
Accreditation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons, demonstrates a cancer program’s commitment to providing high-quality, multidisciplinary, patient-centered cancer care.
The River Forest Medical Campus houses a Breast Center of Excellence which offers comprehensive breast care treatment focused around patient-centered care. A multi-disciplinary team reviews each individual patient case prior to the initiation of treatment.
At the River Forest Breast Center we don’t just diagnose breast cancer but actively work on the prevention of breast cancer. This is done by performing a risk assessment for breast cancer for every patient who comes for a mammogram. Patients fill out a basic questionnaire and the information will be transferred into the Tyrer-Cuzick web-based risk assessment tool, providing the Radiologist with a percentage of lifetime breast cancer risk. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines and the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends an annual screening breast MRI to be considered in patients with a lifetime breast cancer risk of 20-25%. It is also recommended that if patients have a lifetime risk over 12% a referral is made to medical oncology for chemoprevention. In 2018, the breast centers received two new state of the art Breast Ultrasound machines and are now offering whole breast screening ultrasounds for dense breasts. It is the obligation of all healthcare professionals who have access to patient records or communication to hold that information in confidence.
How a patient looks and feels after mastectomy is an important element of our breast program. The River Forest Breast Care Program has active participation from Plastic Surgeons. Breast reconstruction is offered to every mastectomy patient and patients have expressed satisfaction with the cosmetic outcome. A quality standard that our program continues to excel in is Breast Conservation Rate (Patients only needing minimal surgery verses a mastectomy). The benchmark set by NAPBC is 50% and for 2018 we exceeded that goal having a 79% breast conservation rate! This excellent percentage we continue to attribute to our dedicated Breast care team!
Our cancer program on annual basis evaluates performance based on nationally recognized metrics. Aggregate data from the Commission on Cancer National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) provides comparison data. The last available data is for the 2016 calendar year and the target rate established by the CoC is to be at 90% or better.
Female Breast Cancer Accountability Metric: patients that had a mastectomy with regional lymph nodes (4 or more) involved require radiation therapy within one years’ time. We were compliant and our rates were at 100%.
Female Breast Cancer Accountability Metric: Tamoxifen or third generation aromatase inhibitor is administered within one years’ time for positive hormone receptor with an early stage diagnosis. We were compliant and slightly exceeded the 90% target.
Cancer clinical trials are essential for the identification of new, more effective therapies and play a significant role in improving disease prevention, detection, treatment, and rehabilitation.
Clinical trial participants have access to novel therapies that may improve their outcome and quality of life. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) stated “it is a long¬standing and firmly held belief in oncology that the option to participate in a clinical trial is a key component of high-quality cancer care and should be a readily accessible option for any cancer patient.”
Did you know that nationally, only 3% of patients with cancer participate in clinical trials? In 2018, 17% of the River Forest Cancer Center’s patients enrolled on a clinical trial. RFCC works closely with their oncology cooperative group partners, pharmaceutical companies and the surrounding academic centers to provide many clinical trial options.
Learn more about the cancer research and clinical trials at West Suburban Medical Center by visiting: Cancer Research Program.
COMMUNITY CANCER AWARENESS PROGRAMS
West Suburban Medical Center and the River Forest Medical Campus provide health education, nutrition and fitness class to assist individuals in leading a healthier life and thus reduce the risk for cancer. Some of the programs held have been: “Eat Right, Be Healthy,” “Making Healthier Choices when Life gets Stressful,” and “Foods that Fight Cancer.” The fitness classes include: Building Balance with Paul, Community Yoga, Beginner’s Yoga and Yoga for Cancer Survivors. All of these programs are free of charge to participants. All require registration for each event. If you have any questions, need assistance, or don’t see a class/topic you are looking for, please call us at 888-888-2872. Please click here to find out about and register for our free cancer prevention and education seminars.
The Cancer Committee here at WSMC and River Forest Medical Campus became accredited by the NAPBC (National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers) in January 2017. A quality standard that our Breast Program excels at is in the Breast conservation rate. Our Breast Conservation rate (patients only needing minimal surgery verses a mastectomy) for 2017 was at a rate of 74%! The Commission on Cancer benchmark to meet is 50%. We attribute this excellent percentage to early detection with our dedicated Breast care team. In March 2017, the Breast Care Center implemented a high-risk assessment program to ensure all patients that are at an increased risk for developing breast cancer are identified and the appropriate testing and prevention methods are recommended.
Survivorship Care has become an essential part of accreditation for the COC and NAPBC and we believe every patient should receive a comprehensive treatment summary and follow up plan after their treatment is complete. In order to provide care plans to our patients, in May 2017 we hired a Nurse Navigator whose sole focus is to partner with our survivors and establish a follow-up care plan to improve their health and quality of life.
With Lung cancer being the 2nd most prevalent cancer in men and women, West Suburban Medical Center’s River Forest Medical Campus is now part of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Lung Screening Registry and in December 2017 became accredited by ACR, the gold standard in medical imaging, as a designated center for Lung Cancer Screenings. Specific elements must be met in order to qualify for this screening and letters were sent to physicians to inform them of the measurements and that our facility can now accept insurance rather than self-pay. Please Call the River Forest Imaging Center today at 708-488-2300 to see if this preventative screening could save you or someone you know.
This past summer, WSMC acquired use of a Trident Specimen Radiograph System. The Trident system revolutionizes breast tissue imaging resulting in sharp, high quality images right at the point of care, and reduces the patient’s procedure times. It provides accurate findings to ensure all tumors are taken out at the time of surgery.
With Lung cancer being the 2nd most prevalent cancer in men and women, WSMC and the River Forest Centers offer a low price of $85 for a Low Dose CT Chest Screening. Specific elements must be met in order to qualify for this screening. Please Call the River Forest Imaging Center today at 708-488-2300 to see if this preventative screening could save you or someone you know.
The Cancer Committee here at WSMC and River Forest Medical Campus are working diligently to become NAPBC (National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers) accredited. The NAPBC survey is scheduled for January 2017. One standard that our Breast Program excels in is the Breast conservation rate. Our Breast Conservation rate (patients only needing minimal surgery verses a mastectomy) for 2016 was at a rate of 76.4%! The Commission on Cancer benchmark to meet is 50%. We attribute this excellent percentage to early detection with our dedicated Breast care team.
In September, 2015, West Suburban Medical Center was once again Accredited by Commission on Cancer, a program of the American College of Surgeons, which recognizes cancer care programs for their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality and multi-disciplinary patient-centered care. This accreditation is awarded on a three-year basis for maintaining over 30 cancer care quality standards.
The paradigm (or model) of cancer care is measured by The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).
Additionally, West Suburban Medical Center has a current Breast Conservation Rate of 68.8 percent, which is nearly 19 percent better than the national benchmark of 50 percent. This means that at West Suburban, we detected and treated a large group of low-stage breast cancer patients who did not need a mastectomy. We are grateful to our dedicated staff and community volunteers for their enthusiasm, talent and time they devote to West Suburban’s breast-cancer prevention, early detection and education efforts, such as “Manicures & Mammograms” and “Breast-Cancer 101”.
West Suburban Medical Center happily welcomed gynecologic oncology surgeon Summer Dewdney, MD, who joined our medical staff in the summer of 2015. Dr. Dewdney received her medical degree from University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. She completed her Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Dewdney was fellowship- trained in Gynecologic Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Her research interests are robotic/minimally invasive surgery, endometrial and ovarian cancer as well as outcomes data.
West Suburban Medical Center began testing our patients using the Lymphedema Index (L-DEX®) to measure and prevent lymphedema.
We have purchased and installed a state-of-the-art Siemens 64-slice CT scanner, which offers the following benefits to our patients: greatly improved image quality and level of detail for more precise detection, diagnosis and treatment, significantly reduced scan time, which means lower radiation level.