SOURCE: Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

November 12, 2014 11:02 ET

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® at Western Certified for Highest Standards for Quality Cancer Care by Largest Oncology Society in U.S.

CTCA® at Western Accredited by the Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program

GOODYEAR, AZ--(Marketwired - November 12, 2014) - Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center (Western) in Goodyear, Arizona has been recognized as meeting the highest standards for quality cancer care by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI® Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices.

"This distinguished honor from ASCO and QOPI represents our firm commitment to excellence in patient care," said Matt McGuire, President and CEO, CTCA at Western. "Comprehensive care is at the heart of everything we stand for at Western, and we will continually take measures such as this to remain at the forefront of cancer treatment on behalf of our patients."

Dr. Walter Quan, Chief of Medical Oncology, CTCA at Western adds, "The QOPI Certification Program recognizes medical oncology and hematology-oncology practices that are committed to delivering the highest quality of cancer care. It truly takes a multidisciplinary approach to achieve such an award that is focused on best practices, and a commitment to quality improvement. Our strength is our team and we feel honored to receive this accreditation from the largest oncology society in the nation."

"QOPI provides oncology practices with the information needed to evaluate and continually improve the quality of care they provide for patients," said ASCO President Peter Paul Yu, MD, FACP, FASCO. "Since its start in 2010, the QOPI Certification Program allows practices to maintain their commitment to excellence by providing the best possible care for patients with cancer."

QOPI is a voluntary, self-assessment and improvement program launched by ASCO in 2006 to help hematology-oncology and medical oncology practices assess the quality of the care they provide to patients. Through the QOPI program, practices abstract data from patients' records up to twice per year and enter this information into a secure database. More than 850 oncology practices have registered in the QOPI program.

Mark Kharoufeh, Assistant Vice President of Oncology Patient Services, CTCA at Western states, "Becoming a certified QOPI provider means being able to provide a multidisciplinary approach in delivering best practices that is evidenced based. This certification requires all specialties to proactively recognize the needs of our patients and caregivers by communicating consistently with one and other."

The QOPI Certification Program (QCP™) was launched in January 2010, with more than 200 practices already certified. This certification for outpatient oncology practices is the first program of its kind for oncology in the United States. Oncologists can achieve certification by meeting the highest standards of care. The QCP seal designates those practices that not only scored high on the key QOPI quality measures, but meet rigorous chemotherapy safety standards established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). The QOPI Certification Program is a project of ASCO's Institute for Quality, an ASCO affiliate dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs. For more information, please visit: http://qopi.asco.org/certification.html.

For more information about CTCA, visit cancercenter.com, or call (800) 615-3055.

About Cancer Treatment Centers of America®

Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc. (CTCA) is a national network of five hospitals that specialize in the treatment of patients fighting complex or advanced-stage cancer. CTCA offers an integrative approach to cancer treatment that combines surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy with nutritional counseling, naturopathic medicine, mind-body therapy, and spiritual support to enhance quality of life and minimize side effects during treatment. The company serves patients from all 50 states at hospitals located in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa. Known for delivering the Mother Standard® of care and Patient Empowerment Medicine®, CTCA provides patients with comprehensive information about their treatment options so they can participate in their treatment decisions. For more information about CTCA, go to www.cancercenter.com.

About ASCO:

Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world's leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With nearly 35,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation, which funds ground-breaking research and programs that make a tangible difference in the lives of people with cancer. For ASCO information and resources, visit www.asco.org. Patient-oriented cancer information is available at www.cancer.net.

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