CRMC’s Cancer Care Center
CRMC offers cancer patients coordination of care among many disciplines including experienced physicians, nursing, social worker, nutrition and rehabilitation staff and others.
- Treatment and survivorship plans
- Genetic services for patients and families
- Psychosocial screening and support
- Nurse navigator to assist patients and families through the process of addressing health care barriers and assure continuity of care
Cancer diagnosis and treatment can be a difficult path to navigate. CRMC is committed to make patient care positive and has the right staff, experience and technology. CRMC has an on-site oncologist and oncology care coordinator who is with patients every step of their journey. CRMC’s partnerships with the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute makes oncology care at CRMC second to none.
About the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute®
Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® provides comprehensive care through all aspects of cancer prevention, early detection and treatment to help individuals maintain quality of life and find ways to live with and beyond cancer. The Institute was founded in 1990 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Clinical experts and experienced caregivers provide oncology care and services across the Allina Health system, and offer expert support to various affiliate locations. Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® is part of Allina Health, a not-for-profit health care system, dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.allinahealth.org
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons in December 2013 granted three-year accreditation with silver level commendation to the cancer program at CRMC. To earn voluntary accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.
As an accredited cancer center, CRMC takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.
The Accreditation Program provides the framework for CRMC to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care. When patients receive care at an accredited facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services, including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.
Like all accredited facilities, CRMC maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base, a joint program of the Commission on Cancer and American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed and used to explore trends in cancer care. Accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports. These reports help facilities with their quality improvement efforts.
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. For more information, visit: www.facs.org/cancer
Oncologist Dr. Antonio Fontelonga cares for cancer patients at CRMC.
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