Williamson Medical Center's accredited cancer program offers a variety of cancer services, providing a multidisciplinary approach to the delivery of community-oriented cancer care. 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:
- A Cancer Registry to help medical and administrative staff manage patient care and services more effectively.
- Attendance by physicians and staff at monthly cancer conferences to discuss patient care, treatment and outcomes.
- Health promotion and disease prevention initiatives including cancer screenings, community and work site seminars, educational classes and support groups—much of which is offered free to the community.
Accreditation with Commendation
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.
Journey Oncology Series
Through The Journey Oncology Series, Williamson Medical Center offers more than clinical support for cancer patients and their families. The philosophy of the Journey Series is that a cancer diagnosis is the beginning of a journey that illuminates a person’s inner strength and determination. This class series provides information, resources and support to empower and equip patients to conquer a cancer diagnosis and treatment. For more information on The Journey Oncology series, call 615.435.6730.