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For Immediate Release:
October 31, 2012

Southcoast Hospitals Group receives prestigious Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Southcoast™ Hospitals Group has received the highly regarded Approval with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) for its system-wide oncology program.

The three-year Approval with Commendation, the highest rating awarded by the Commission on Cancer, is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of performance.

"Having this accreditation demonstrates to the community, especially our oncology patients, that we provide the highest-quality oncology service here at Southcoast and that we have met all of the national standards set by the American College of Surgeons," said Eileen Sugrue-McElearney, Vice President for Oncology Services at Southcoast Health System.

"This prestigious approval affirms that Southcoast Hospitals Group meets high standards of cancer care across our system at all levels — from prevention, early diagnosis, evaluation, staging, treatment, rehabilitation and surveillance of recurrent disease," Sugrue-McElearney said.

Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer-accredited facility ensures that a patient has access to comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the art services and equipment, a multi-specialty team approach, 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, stage, treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up and quality of care close to home.

Certification also covers non-medical aspects of cancer care, including psychosocial support and end-of-life care. It includes inpatient and outpatient services.

There are currently only 1,500 Commission on Cancer-approved oncology programs in the United States, representing just under 30 percent of the hospitals across the country.

About Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care located in Fall River and Fairhaven feature the latest technology in radiation therapy and medical oncology. Highlights of the state of the art facilities include the very latest technology in radiation therapy and medical oncology, advanced diagnostic imaging, fully electronic health records, and spacious semi-private infusion bays.

Radiation Oncology services include intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) as well as High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR) for Skin and Breast Cancer.

The Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care offer patients a seamless continuum of care throughout Southcoast Health System — a program that supports not only patients' medical needs, but also their emotional and social needs. The care delivered at the centers is complimented by an outstanding cancer team, which includes dedicated medical and radiation oncologists, oncology nurse practitioners and chemotherapy certified nurses, patient navigators, social workers and nutritionists.

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care has formed an exclusive regional affiliation with MD Anderson Physicians Network®. MD Anderson Physicians Network is a subsidiary of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the world's most respected leaders in cancer care and ranked No. 1 in the nation, by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Cancer Hospitals" survey. Combining the region's top cancer provider with the expertise of the nation's leader in cancer care, Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care offers new hope and state-of-the-art care for cancer patients in the South Coast region.

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Stephanie Poyant
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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

Southcoast is a not-for-profit charitable organization that depends on the support of the community to provide services. More information is available online at Connect to Southcoast through social media at

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