WINTHROP-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL’S CANCER CARE TEAM: THE FIRST AND ONLY ON LONG ISLAND TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE ASCO FOR QUALITY CANCER CARE
Winthrop-University Hospital’s cancer care services have become the first and only hematology/oncology team on Long Island to be recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI® Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology/oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.
Members of Winthrop-University Hospital’s Cancer Care Team.
“Winthrop-University Hospital has long been a leader in clinical cancer care. We are proud to be the first on Long Island to receive certification from the ASCO,” said John F. Collins, Winthrop’s President & CEO.
“After a rigorous review process, Winthrop was pleased to earn this prestigious recognition. It is a testament to our commitment to providing quality cancer care to every patient,” added Harry Staszewski, MD, Chief of the Division of Oncology/Hematology at Winthrop, whose leadership was instrumental in helping the Hospital’s cancer care team earn this certification.
“Cancer patients and their families should expect nothing less than accountability and the highest standards from their cancer care providers,” said Allen S. Lichter, MD, CEO of ASCO and President of the QOPI Certification Program. “QOPI participation reflects a commitment to quality of care that leads to fundamental changes in the clinical practice of oncology. Oncology practices that commit to quality and safety are those that provide the most optimal cancer care. The Certification Program helps practices determine whether they are providing the best treatment and care possible to their patients, and demonstrates a commitment to excellence and ongoing quality improvement in the hematology-oncology outpatient practice.”
QOPI is a voluntary, self-assessment and improvement program launched by ASCO in 2006 to help hematology-oncology and medical oncology practices assess the quality of the care they provide to patients. Through the QOPI program, practices abstract data from patients’ records up to twice per year and enter this information into a secure database.
The QOPI Certification Program (QCP) was launched in January 2010. The QCP seal designates those practices that not only scored high on the key QOPI quality measures, but meet rigorous safety measures established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).
To become certified, practices have to submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. The QCP staff and steering group members then verify that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in all areas of treatment, including:
- treatment planning;
- staff training and education;
- chemotherapy orders and drug preparation;
- patient consent and education;
- safe chemotherapy administration;
- monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With more than 30,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation, which funds ground-breaking research and programs that make a tangible difference in the lives of people with cancer. For ASCO information and resources, visit www.asco.org. Patient-oriented cancer information is available at www.cancer.net.
Patients of Winthrop’s Cancer Institute can benefit from the latest developments in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of cancers. From stereotactic biopsy techniques for abnormalities and to computer-guided systems that create a virtual “roadmap” during surgery, to the most advanced computerized treatment planning and delivery system for radiation therapy, Winthrop’s Cancer Institute is at the forefront of caring for cancer patients of all ages.
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