Accreditations and Recognitions
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern) is accredited and recognized by several renowned professional healthcare organizations that supervise the quality of cancer care.
The Joint Commission
Southwestern is currently accredited by The Joint Commission with Full Standards Compliance. This accreditation decision is awarded to a health care organization that demonstrates satisfactory compliance with applicable Joint Commission standards in all performance areas.
Established in 1951, The Joint Commission (formerly Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, or JCAHO) provides the “gold standard” seal of hospital approval in health care. Joint Commission-accredited hospitals must pass a rigorous on-site evaluation. Joint Commission surveys address the hospital’s performance in key areas, such as patient rights and patient treatment.
Breast program accreditation
Southwestern was awarded a three-year full accreditation for our breast program from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The NAPBC has established 29 standards that breast centers must meet to assure all patients with breast disease receive the highest quality of care.
The 29 standards include breast center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.
Lung cancer program certification
Southwestern has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Lung Cancer Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurements and improvement activities.
Southwestern is recognized 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 that meet the highest standards for quality of cancer care.
To become certified, practices have to submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards, which is then verified through onsite inspection. This certification for outpatient oncology practices is the first program of its kind for oncology in the United States.
American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
CTCA at Southwestern is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).
The CoC recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. In order to receive the accreditation, a cancer program must show that:
- Its patients have access to the full scope of services required to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and support patients with cancer and their families.
- The cancer program continually evaluates its performance and takes proactive corrective action when necessary.
CoC Outstanding Achievement Award
Southwestern has received the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) for four consecutive survey years: 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.
Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award was designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. In 2004, 2010 and 2013, Southwestern was the only cancer hospital in Oklahoma to receive this award.
American College of Radiology imaging accreditation
Southwestern's Imaging Department has earned full accreditation by the American College of Radiology in all Imaging modalities, including MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine, PET/CT, Mammogram, Ultrasound and Radiation Oncology.
The ACR awards accreditation to facilities that have achieved a high practice standard, which requires that the image quality and procedure evaluations are conducted by board-certified radiologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field.
The ACR also evaluates personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs to ensure that the recipient of the accreditation meets the highest level of standards for imaging quality and safety.
Southwestern is also accredited by the following professional health care organizations:
- Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA)
- College of American Pathologists (CAP)
- American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diabetes Self-Management Education Program (Southwestern is the first cancer hospital in the country to achieve this accreditation)
2016, 2015 Guardian of Excellence Award
In 2016, CTCA at Southwestern was named as a 2016 Guardian of Excellence Award® winner by Press Ganey for outpatient care. CTCA at Southwestern also received the Guardian of Excellence award in 2015 for patient experience. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have consistently achieved the 95th percentile or above of performance in patient experience. The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award is a nationally recognized symbol of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the award honors clients who consistently sustained performance in the top 5 percent of all Press Ganey clients for each reporting period during the course of one year.
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2007 "Best Places to Work in Oklahoma"
Southwestern placed second in "Best Places to Work in Oklahoma 2015." This distinction, by Best Companies Group (BCG), identifies and recognizes companies who are excelling in workplace excellence. Southwestern was the top-ranked healthcare institution among this year’s winners.
Additionally, Southwestern placed in the top 10 in 2014, fourth in 2013, second in 2012 and third in the 2011 "Best Places to Work in Oklahoma," and was nominated as one of the 2007 "Best Places to Work in Oklahoma." The hospital ranked eighth in the state in the large-sized companies category (250 employees or more).
2016, 2015, 2014 and 2012 Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business Award
In 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Southwestern was awarded the Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business Award by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
The Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business Program recognizes businesses that make a positive impact on employee health by providing programs such as health screenings, opportunities for physical activities, health and nutrition education, as well as community involvement in health and wellness.
2010 Sunquest Annual Excellence Award for Laboratory Solution Success
2008 Friend of ODA Award from the Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Recognitions, memberships and certifications
Southwestern has earned the following recognitions/memberships:
- Association of Community Cancer Centers
- Department of Environmental Quality
- Quality Respiratory Care Recognition presented by the American Association for Respiratory Care