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Quality

Cancer Services Outcome Report for Quality and Screening Programs

Deaconess Cancer Services has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) since 1977, and in 2016 was awarded a three year certificate of accreditation with Silver-Level Commendation – Comprehensive Community Cancer Program thru 2019. The CoC work in conjunction with the National Cancer Database to not only collect data on our cancer patients but to also report out the level of quality compared with other centers. 

Deaconess Cancer Services consistently meets or exceeds state and national standards.

View our 2016 Quality Program Report 

 

Screening Program Report

Community Cancer Screenings offered in 2018
Deaconess Cancer Services provides numerous screening opportunities to our community each year. Detailed below are specific screening events and initiatives held in 2018.
 
Colorectal Cancer Screening - March 2015, Deaconess Health System pledged to increase colon cancer screening to 80% by 2018, as part of initiative of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, an organization co-founded by the American Cancer Society. “DHS pledges to promote colon cancer screenings for people in all of the communities we serve”, said Linda White, then President and CEO.

Our base line 2015 Q1 (prior to pledge) screening was 50.2%. Now, nearing the end of this pledge period, we are at 78%. This is a true collaboration with our primary care physicians, population health teams, and Deaconess Cancer Services.
 
Breast Cancer Screening - Deaconess Breast Services provides mammograms to the medically-underserved via grants from Komen and the Deaconess Foundation. For more information about this ongoing program please call one of our Deaconess Breast Center locations at (812) 450-5250, or visit www.deaconess.com/breast.
 
*Head & Neck Cancer Screening – A free screening event was held on April 26, 2018 at the Chancellor Center for Oncology in partnership with the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance. This screening provided 69 individuals a head and neck examination by local ENT physicians. Those who needed referral to a physician for further follow-up were assisted by our nurse navigators. This event is held annually. Information about the 2019 screening event will be available in the spring at www.deaconess.com/calendar.
 
*Skin Cancer Screening – Deaconess Clinic dermatologists provided free skin cancer screenings to 84 people in this annual event held on May 10, 2018. Those who needed referral to a physician for further follow-up were assisted by our nurse navigators. This screening event took place at the Chancellor Center for Oncology and was held in partnership with the American Academy of Dermatology. Information about the 2019 screening event will be available in the spring at www.deaconess.com/calendar.
 
Lung Cancer Screening – Screening for lung cancer is available year round through our Lung Nodule Review Board. For more information about screenings patients should contact their family physician for a required referral. 

Additional annual screening opportunity - Each year, Deaconess is a community partner in the Community First Health Fair (now in its 26th year), which takes place annually on the first Saturday in November at the CK Newsome Center in downtown Evansville.  This event is a collaboration between Evansville health care providers and medical education programs, offering various health screenings on-site for the medically underserved.  This year’s event will be Saturday, November 3 from 9:00 – noon.  The 2019 event will be November 2.

Community Cancer Screenings - 2017

Deaconess Cancer Services provides numerous screening opportunities to our community each year. Detailed below are specific screening events and initiatives held in 2016.
 
Colorectal Cancer Screening - March 2015, Deaconess Health System pledged to increase colon cancer screening to 80% by 2018, as part of initiative of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, an organization co-founded by the American Cancer Society. “DHS pledges to promote colon cancer screenings for people in all of the communities we serve”, said Linda White, President and CEO. Our base line 2015 Q1 (prior to pledge) screening was 50.20%, by Q3 2015 56.74 and closing the year at 58%. Currently we are at 64.5%.This is a true collaboration with our primary care physicians, population health teams, and Deaconess Cancer Services.
 
Breast Cancer Screening - Deaconess Breast Services provides mammograms to the medically-underserved via grants from Komen and the Deaconess Foundation. For more information about this ongoing program please call one of our Deaconess Breast Center locations at (812) 450-MAMM.
 
*Head & Neck Cancer Screening – A free screening event was held on April 27, 2017 at the Chancellor Center for Oncology in partnership with the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance. This screening provided 60 individuals a head and neck examination by local ENT physicians. Those who needed referral to a physician for further follow-up were assisted by our nurse navigators. This event is held annually. Information about the 2018 screening event will be available in the spring at Deaconess.com/calendar.
 
*Skin Cancer Screening – Deaconess Clinic dermatologists provided free skin cancer screenings to 137 people in this annual event held on May 18, 2017. Those who needed referral to a physician for further follow-up were assisted by our nurse navigators. This screening event took place at the Chancellor Center for Oncology and was held in partnership with the American Academy of Dermatology. Information about the 2018 screening event will be available in the spring at Deaconess.com/calendar.
 
Lung Cancer Screening – Screening for lung cancer is available year round through our Lung Nodule Review Board. For more information about screenings please contact your family physician.
 
Accreditation
Deaconess is accredited as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Care Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Accreditation means that patients have access to the full scope of services required to treat, rehabilitate, and support patients with cancer and their families.

The Commission on Cancer has set forth the following standards for accreditation:
  • Comprehensive care including a complete range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
  • A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best available treatment options
  • Information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Access to prevention and early detection programs, cancer education, and support services
  • A cancer registry that offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvements in cancer care AND
  • Quality care, close to home
Accreditation information provided by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
 
        

 
          

 
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