Cancer Center of Acadiana Earns National Accreditation
Cancer Center of Acadiana (CCA) at Lafayette General is now among the elite group of cancer care providers recognized as an Accredited Cancer Program. The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC) recently granted a three-year accreditation to CCA, with commendation.
The CoC Accreditation is considered the hallmark of excellence and is awarded to comprehensive cancer care programs that provide high quality, comprehensive and multidisciplinary patient-centered care. Additionally, to earn accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standard. These standards include patient access to cancer-related information, education and support. The program must include a cancer registry that collects various data on different cancers, offers lifelong patient follow-up, and most importantly, offers patients quality care close to home.
When patients receive care at an accredited facility such as Cancer Center of Acadiana, they have access to onsite laboratory and radiological testing, prevention and early detection. Clinical trials, new treatments, genetic counseling and several patient-centered services are also available. The multidisciplinary team of experienced professionals at CCA includes oncologists, oncology nurses, a dietician, genetic counselor, patient educator, patient navigator and social worker. A clinical psychologist was recently added to the CCA team. Recently, a psychologist was added to the multidisciplinary team of experienced cancer professionals.
"Our patients are gaining access to the same treatments as those offered at world-renowned facilities, only closer to home,” says Craig Ortego, Vice President of Cancer Services at Lafayette General.
Lafayette General President/CEO David L. Callecod, FACHE adds, "This accreditation validates our original intention of making Cancer Center of Acadiana a unique experience with superb care.”
CCA opened its doors at Lafayette General Medical Center on July 6, 2010 and has been designated a comprehensive community cancer program since 2012. In addition to clinical services, CCA boasts one of the largest infusion centers in Louisiana. The Center has expanded its services to Savoy Medical Center in Mamou, Abbeville General Hospital and, later this month, American Legion Hospital in Crowley, with more locations expected in surrounding parishes.