HOUSTON (Dec. 18, 2009) – The Harris County Hospital District’s Cancer Program, through its collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, received its three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The accreditation marks 17 consecutive accreditations for this unique Teaching Hospital Cancer Program that features more than one medical school partner.
The Harris County Hospital District’s Cancer Program is the only program in the nation that has affiliations with two world-renowned medical schools. The accreditation means the hospital district meets national standards for its cancer-related services in the areas of treatment, prevention and education.
“Our community should know that the Harris County Hospital District is a high-quality cancer provider,” said Lois Ramondetta, MD, chief, Gynecologic Oncology, Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, and co-chair, Harris County Hospital District Cancer Committee. “Patients can feel confident that they’re getting the best possible care from dedicated and innovative cancer professionals.”
In the area of clinical trials offered to cancer patients, the Harris County Hospital District was commended for making access to these trials a priority to enroll minority and underserved patient populations. Patients at the hospital district have access to cutting-edge clinical trials through researchers at hospital district facilities — Ben Taub General Hospital and Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital.
“Many times, good clinical trials are only offered in institutions where only insured patients get access,” Ramondetta said. “Our trials are available to all our cancer patients, and offer the latest in research and technology.”
The success of the Harris County Hospital District’s cancer program to provide exceptional patient care, innovative research into the causes, prevention and treatment of cancer, and its community outreach and education, has been due to the support of the hospital district’s leadership.
“The Harris County Hospital District has been willing to do the things needed to maintain the high standards of cancer care for our patients,” said Martha Mims, PhD, MD, chief, Hematology, Oncology, Ben Taub General Hospital, and co-chair, Harris County Hospital District Cancer Committee. “Working as a team, we are all committed to continuing to improve the care we provide to our cancer patients.”
The Harris County Hospital District currently treats more than 5,000 cases of cancer. Last year, the hospital district diagnosed 2,000 new cancer cases, said Gayetta Davis, certified tumor registrar, Harris County Hospital District.
“We treat each diagnosis of cancer as a case. Some of our patients could have two or three cases of cancer,” she said. “A lot of our new cancer cases in women are the result of early detection we’ve seen through our mammography program.”