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Comprehensive Cancer Center Earns National Accreditation

November 12, 2014

Lafayette, Colo. – Nov. 12, 2014 – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the cancer program at the Comprehensive Cancer Center. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey.

Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, the Comprehensive Cancer Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home.

“This is a significant milestone for our cancer center,” said Dr. Richard Hesky, medical director for the Good Samaritan Medical Center | Cancer Centers for Colorado. “The diagnosis of cancer can be a lifetime journey and we want our patients to know we have the best, quality services to offer them.”

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2013. There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals.

About the Cancer Centers of Colorado at Good Samaritan Medical Center

At the Comprehensive Cancer Center, we fight each and every day to improve the lives of anyone affected by cancer. Our 87,600 square foot building opened in 2013 and is an integrated, cancer diagnostic and treatment facility on a major medical campus. With the latest medical technology, best physician care, and our culture of caring for patients, we will be here to support you throughout the entire cancer journey.

About Good Samaritan Medical Center

Good Samaritan Medical Center opened December 1, 2004 and is a community-based, 234 bed acute-care hospital located in Lafayette, CO. The medical center is part of the SCL Health, which is headquartered in Denver, CO. Good Samaritan Medical Center’s premier services include Level II Trauma, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Heart and Neurovascular Center, robotic surgery, Primary Stroke Center, Integrative Health and Healing Center, “baby friendly” birthing center and emergency services including a Senior Emergency Room. To learn more, visit www.goodsamaritancolorado.org.