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Published on August 08, 2008

Mercy Medical Center's Regional Cancer Center Granted American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commendation

CEDAR RAPIDS-On Thursday, August 7, 2008, Mercy Medical Center received a Three-Year Approval with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).

Approval by the CoC is achieved by only those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of cancer care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process.

"This commendation is a reflection of the commitment and investment we have made in the fight against cancer," says Tim Charles, President and CEO of Mercy Medical Center. "For over 50 years, Mercy has been the area's pioneer in detecting, diagnosing, and treating cancers of all types. Mercy was the first treatment center west of the Mississippi to offer cobalt-beam radiation treatment technology and today we have Iowa 's only TomoTherapy image-guided radiation system. Mercy has and continues to be committed to providing the clinical forum for multi-disciplinary care by cancer experts that ensure the very best care for our patients. So we are very proud to receive this national recognition from the CoC."

Receiving care at a CoC approved cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and technology
  • a multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • access to cancer-related information, education and support
  • a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • and most importantly, quality care close to home.

James Renz, M.D., General Surgeon at Physicians' Clinic of Iowa P.C. (PCI), and Chairperson of Mercy Medical Center's Cancer Committee stated that "I am pleased that the American College of Surgeons has recognized Mercy's Regional Cancer Center 's excellence and awarded approval with commendation. This national recognition substantiates our belief that patients and their families can receive quality cancer care close to home. Studies have shown that a patient's recovery can be much improved when the care is provided close to family and friends."

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates 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 and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

Through an exclusive partnership with the American Cancer Society, the CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services and cancer treatment experience for each CoC approved cancer program. This information is shared with the public on the American Cancer Society's website at and through the American Cancer Society's National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345.

If you need information on cancer or have questions, call the Mercy Cancer Hopeline at 365-HOPE (4673) or 1-800-642-6329 and talk to one of our knowledgeable Nurse Educators. This service is free, and is available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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