Williamson Medical Center provides patients with a broad range of diagnostic, treatment and preventive care. Every effort is made to meet each patient's physical, emotional and spiritual needs, as close to home as possible.
At Williamson Medical Center, a multidisciplinary group of physicians, nurses and other cancer specialists work together to provide care for cancer patients. Williamson Medical Center's oncology unit is staffed by chemotherapy certified nurses, many of whom hold a national certification in oncology from the Oncology Nursing Society. Williamson Medical Center has full-time medical oncologists on staff, with offices located in the community. Some key aspects of Williamson Medical Center's commitment to the care of patients with cancer include:
Williamson Medical Center's cancer program is accredited with commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The three-year accreditation is the result of an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor who confirmed WMC's cancer program meets quality of care standards for cancer patients.
Accreditation is given only to those facilities that voluntarily commit to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and undergo a rigorous evaluation. Accreditation means area residents have access to a comprehensive program with a multidisciplinary approach to treatment.
The Commission on Cancer evaluates cancer programs based on 36 standards, ranging from early diagnosis and prevention initiatives to treatment options, including access to clinical trials. To earn accreditation with commendation, Williamson Medical Center's cancer program exceeded expectations in the maximum number of standards.
Although only about 25 percent of U.S. hospitals have accredited cancer programs, the Commission on Cancer estimates 80 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients are treated in those facilities. Unique to Williamson Medical Center's cancer program is a breast health navigator, who guides breast cancer patients along their journey from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up care.
The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care.
In 2012, the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer gave Williamson Medical Center's accredited Cancer Program high remarks for providing appropriate and timely care to patients battling major cancers. WMC achieved significantly higher scores than the state and national averages in most categories.
*Results based on performance rates through December 2012
Survivor Sisters at WMC; Linda Mora, coordinator, 615-599-4415
CaringBridge.org, (Free patient websites)
FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer information
ABC (After Breast Cancer); Nancy Brown, coordinator, 615-945-1188
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