Quality Cancer Care Accreditation awarded to UK’s largest private hospital group
Cancer care that includes psychological support, good nutrition and its Living Well survivorship program has led the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) to accredit HCA Healthcare UK’s cancer network as an ‘ESMO Designated Centre for Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care’.
HCA UK is one of only eight providers in the country to be accredited and it is the first time that ESMO – the leading European professional organization for medical oncology – has recognized cancer services provided by a private hospital group since the peer-reviewed accreditation program began in 2003.
HCA UK’s cancer pathway covers the entire patient journey, from screening, early diagnosis, treatment and trials to survivorship and end of life care. Its network of support has been designed to help patients live with cancer, which includes psychological support focusing on each cancer patient’s emotional and physical wellbeing.
HCA UK’s Living Well survivorship program also focuses on the additional impact of cancer on patients, which includes a six-week program after active cancer treatment to provide psychological and practical support as well as programs designed specifically for family members. Living Well provides workshops and one-to-one meetings to offer advice on fitness, nutrition and personal confidence and empowers patients to take control of their lives and live well beyond treatment, such as supporting people to adapt to returning to work.
Dr. Tobias Arkenau, Medical Director of Sarah Cannon Research Institute UK and Clinical Lead for HCA Healthcare UK’s cancer service line, said:
“We are honored to receive this accreditation and I would like to thank HCA UK colleagues across our cancer service network for the dedicated support they show to our patients every day. At HCA UK we pride ourselves on providing the very best cancer services for our patients, including complex care and cutting-edge treatments.
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Tulane Medical Center Launches $3.8 Million Bone Marrow Transplant Unit Expansion
Tulane Health System’s Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) program is getting a new state-of-the-art patient care unit at Tulane Medical Center. The $3.8 million expansion project is expected to be complete in the summer of 2017.
The BMT Unit renovations include a complete remodel and expansion of the current unit, increasing the number of patient beds from seven to 16. New, state-of-the-art airflow and water filtration systems will run throughout the unit to ensure continued clean, filtered air and water for patients who have weakened immune systems. Additional amenities will include an exercise/recreation room for patients to use during their hospital stay.
“Our bone marrow transplant program is the only accredited adult center in Louisiana performing related and unrelated donor transplants,” said Dr. Hana Safah, medical director of Tulane’s Bone Marrow Transplant Program. “We are so pleased to be doubling the size of our inpatient unit so we can better serve the community’s needs and bring cutting-edge technology to our patients.”
Tulane’s Bone Marrow Transplant Program is accredited by the internationally recognized Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), the Commission on Cancer and part of the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network. It is the only FACT-accredited adult center in the state of Louisiana for both autologous and allogeneic transplants, performing related and unrelated donor transplants. Additionally, it is the only National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) transplant, apheresis and collection center for adults in Louisiana.
The BMT Unit renovations are part of Tulane Health System’s year-long construction initiative to renovate and improve several areas of its downtown Tulane Medical Center campus. The $6 million in recent improvements also includes the renovation of three medical/surgical units and the addition of a 128-slice CT scanner and 3 Tesla MRI.
Timpanogos Regional Hospital Earns an ‘A’ Safety Score
Timpanogos Regional Hospital is among only 12 in Utah to earn an “A” Safety Score in the Fall 2016 update, per The Leapfrog Group. This Orem hospital achieved top honors in the group’s biannual Leapfrog Hospital Survey. It has achieved a total of seven “A” grades since the Safety Score was launched in 2013.
“Patient safety and care is always our first priority at Timpanogos Regional Hospital,” said Kimball Anderson, CEO of Timpanogos Regional Hospital. “The fact that we have received seven Leapfrog ‘A’ grades over the past several years shows the dedication of our physicians, nurses and support staff to the safety of each and every patient at our hospital. We are honored to receive this grade and look forward to more ‘A’ grades in the future as we continue to make patient safety our primary focus.”
Several initiatives contribute to the high level of patient safety at Timpanogos Regional Hospital:
- Computer medication management: ensures that patients are given the right medicine, in the right dosage, and at the right time. Every hospitalized patient wears a bar-coded bracelet that the nursing staff scans every time medications are administered.
- Computerized Physician Order Entry: electronically processes physician orders for patient care. This tool has proven to reduce inaccuracies that may result from illegible handwriting, decrease medical errors, reduce costs — and ultimately save lives.
- Hugs® security system: continuously monitors small electronic devices placed on every newborn and pediatric patient. It sounds an alarm while locking elevator and stairwell doors if a baby or hospitalized child is taken outside of the secure area.
- Multidisciplinary safety committees: broaden the scope and depth of experience brought to patient safety improvement initiatives
- Participation in a Joint Commission project to reduce surgical site infections
- Patient safety leaders: perform quarterly rounds at the hospital and review compliance with and the effectiveness of all safety regulations.
- Yearly safety training: all employees and volunteers are required to complete this course and pass a detailed test.
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