Published on August 28, 2017

Cancer Program at Milford Regional Earns National Accreditation with Commendation

commission on cancer accredited program logoThe Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted three-year Accreditation with Commendation to the cancer program at Milford Regional Medical Center.   

To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed  the CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.  Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey. 

Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, Milford Regional takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists.  This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care. 

“I would like to commend the commitment shown by our multidisciplinary cancer care team to each and every patient in their effort to provide the most effective cancer treatment available,” says Milford Regional President & CEO Edward J. Kelly. “Milford Regional’s recent accreditation with commendation of our cancer program by the American College of Surgeons affirms the excellence in care our community has come to expect from these outstanding medical professionals. We are fortunate to have such exceptional cancer care so close to home.”

The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Milford Regional to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment,  rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease and end-of-life care.  When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.  

Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Milford Regional maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society .This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world.  Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care.  CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports.  These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.  

When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at







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