Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network earns reaccreditation from the Commission on Cancer
The Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network, the region’s most comprehensive provider of cancer care, has earned national reaccreditation from the Commission on Cancer, a program of the American College of Surgeons.
The widely recognized accreditation is granted to programs that demonstrate a commitment to providing high-quality, multidisciplinary, patient-centered cancer care. To earn the three-year accreditation, cancer care programs are evaluated on 34 quality care standards, undergo a rigorous survey process that examines the entire scope, structure and activity of the program and must maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of care.
“At Tidelands Health, we’re committed to providing high-quality, compassionate cancer care close to home,” said Timothy Laugh, director of cancer services. “This accreditation offers cancer patients assurance the care they receive aligns with the rigorous, nationally recognized standards set forth by the Commission on Cancer.”
At Tidelands Health, patients benefit from a personalized approach to care using cutting-edge technology, including the region’s only 3T MRI, precision 3-D mammography and a TrueBeam linear accelerator.
The health system is the only cancer care provider in the area affiliated with a National Institutes of Cancer designated cancer center, MUSC Health’s Hollings Cancer Center. The Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network is also the area’s only triple-accredited cancer care provider. The Tidelands Health network is accredited by the American College of Radiology, the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the Commission on Cancer.
Care is offered at Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network locations in Murrells Inlet, Georgetown and Myrtle Beach.
“Across the region, our team of specialists partners every day with patients and their families in the battle against cancer,” said Dr. Sara “Betsy” Adams, a physician with Tidelands Health Oncology. “Our goal is to offer the best team, treatments and technology to fight the disease.”
There are more than 1,500 cancer programs accredited by the Commission on Cancer in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals.
As a Commission on Cancer-accredited provider, Tidelands Health maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Database, a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and American Cancer Society.
Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the registry and used to explore trends in cancer care. Participating cancer centers, in turn, have access to the data analysis, which is used to create national, regional and state benchmark reports. The reports help providers with their quality improvement efforts.