Introduction to Oncology Care Program

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Annual Report of the Oncology Care Program Course Project
HIT 225
April 17, 2011
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Introduction to Oncology Care Program
Cancer is a group of diseases that affect nearly every tissue or organ in the human body, and is the second leading cause of death in the United States. In 2007, lung cancer was the leading cause of death among males and females in Marin County, California (Marin Health & Human Services, 2007). Located in Marin County, Sunshine Hospital is a 235-bed teaching facility with generating revenue of more than $700,000,000 during 2007. The Hospital employs 1,220 employees, of which 698 are multidisciplinary physicians. Sunshine Hospital has renowned regional cardiology and oncology programs, and specializes in lung cancer research and treatment. The primary mission of the Oncology Care Committee is to establish the direction of the oncology program at Sunshine Hospital, evaluate the oncology protocols and quality of care using internal and external data, and make recommendations for improvement to meet regulatory and accreditation standards.

The Sunshine Hospital cardiology and oncology program are accredited by the Joint Commission (JC) and the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC). The Hospital has received research funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through 2010, and achieved a three-year accreditation with commendation by the Commission on Cancer.

Many of the departments which make up the Sunshine Hospital oncology program also have discipline-specific accreditations: •Radiation Oncology – American College of Radiation Oncologists •Radiology – American College of Radiology for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Mammography and Ultrasound •Pathology and Laboratory – College of American Pathologists

The primary focus of the Oncology Care Committee is to establish the direction of the oncology program at Sunshine Hospital, evaluate the oncology protocols and quality of care using internal and external data, and make recommendations for improvement to meet regulatory and accreditation standards. Oncology Care Committee Members

John Anderson, RHIATammy Johnson, RN
Director, Health Information ManagementDirector of Nursing

Michel Buxton, RHIT, CTRJacqueline Levine, MPH
Cancer RegistrarDirector of Health Education

Donald Christopher, MDSarah Montgomery
Chief OncologistData Analyst

Blair Collins, Pharm DJeffrey Wutoh, MHA
PharmacistHospital Administrator

Theresa Douglas, MDJerome Rubin, MD
Diagnostic RadiologistSurgical Director of Cancer Center

Pamela George, RN, AOCNLaura C. Stapleton, MD
Lead Oncology NurseCancer Liaison Physician

Gabriella Goldberg, MDJudith Tripp, LD, RD
Cancer Committee ChairmanDirector of Dietary Services

Thomas GustafsonNancy Turlick, MD
Director of Quality ServicesMedical Director, Oncology

Jocelyn Jacobson, MDAnthony Twilight, MD
PathologistDepartment of Anesthesiology

Patrick Johansson, MBAJazmine Ward, MEd, LSW, LPCC
Chief Executive OfficerDirector of Social Services

Oncology Program
The cancer registry continues to annually capture the oncology data for the Sunshine Hospital Oncology Program, and in 2007 accessioned a total of 590 cancer cases. The cases represent all cancer cases diagnosed and/or treated at Sunshine Hospital, and include the following primary sites: lung (13%), larynx (3%), colon (12%), stomach (3%), rectum (4%), uterus (5%), bladder (5%), prostate (4%), cervix (6%), breast (12%), and others (33%). There were a greater number of lung cancer cases than all other accessioned sites. (Chart 1, page 5)

The oncology program standards have been developed by several different agencies. The standards are approval process for cancer programs and the oncology program at Sunshine Hospital. The standards are developed by agencies such as the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer, the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries...
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