Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus | Photo courtesy THOP
Following an extensive on-site assessment, The American College of Surgeons and its Commission on Cancer have granted full accreditation to the cancer program at the Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus, recognizing it as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program.
Hospital officials share that, to earn accreditation as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer, the Memorial Campus demonstrated dedication and technical capabilities that improves survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard setting, which promotes cancer prevention, clinical research, education, and monitoring of comprehensive quality care.
“El Pasoans deserve to have strong cancer care within their own community. Every day, our teams within The Hospitals of Providence are working tirelessly to strengthen our cancer program and connect patients to the services that they need – without having to leave town,” said Nicholas Tejeda, Group CEO for The Hospitals of Providence.
“The Commission on Cancer accreditation is a clear and hard-earned indication that our journey is succeeding and that we are improving cancer care for family, friends and loved ones.”
Across its four hospitals and 60 access points, The Hospitals of Providence offers a full continuum of inpatient and outpatient cancer care, from diagnosis to surgery to treatment to a full range of support services, including a Cancer Navigator to help guide cancer patients through their treatment experience.
Most recently, the Memorial Campus implemented the Head and Neck Tumor Board, the only board of its kind in El Paso. This community-wide tumor board brings together a comprehensive group of cancer specialists who meet to discuss treatment options for individual cancer patients.
“The progress we are making here on the cancer forefront is remarkable,” said Dr. Benjamin Westbrook, Otolaryngologist specializing in disorders of the head and neck ranging from hearing loss due to cancer.
“The initiation of the Head and Neck Oncology Tumor Board was a very significant step in advancing the care we can offer cancer patients at The Hospitals of Providence. Discussing the individualized care for each patient with all of the doctors and specialists involved in the complex care and rehabilitation of head and neck cancer helps us to ensure that we are offering the most up-to-date, evidence-based care for our patients. We have the medical and surgical expertise available to us to offer the full spectrum of care options for our patients, always with the goal in mind of helping them return to the life and activities that they enjoy.”
“El Paso and The Hospitals of Providence is very fortunate to have such a skilled group of cancer physicians who are actively engaged in our cancer program. Together, we are breaking new ground. I am grateful to these physicians and their dedication to our community,” said Tejeda.