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Cancer Center Honor

Center once again earns prestigious certification by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®)

The quality of care that patients receive at Yuma Regional Medical Center Cancer Center isn’t just something that they can see and feel.

That care is also analyzed in a very concrete way, with everything from quality measures to patient outcomes being scrutinized by outside experts and held up against stringent national standards.

“Our patients deserve the very best care that we can provide,” said Mary Sweigart, RN, a clinical nurse at the Cancer Center.  “That’s why our entire care team works with such dedication to continuously enhance how we support our patients.”

The positive results of that rigorous annual assessment recently earned the Cancer Center’s recertification by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Program, an initiative of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

An impressive aspect of this honor is the fact that the Cancer Center is only one of 11 centers in Arizona certified through QOPI. The Yuma facility is also only one of four that have been certified more than once.

“ASCO’s QOPI certification recognizes those oncology practices that are committed to delivering the highest quality of cancer care,” said ASCO President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FASCO. “By achieving recertification, these practices have demonstrated their commitment to quality and safety excellence in the care they deliver to patients, as well as to the continuous process of quality improvement.”
Leaders at the Cancer Center say they are proud of the care they provide patients. They are also grateful for this major, public confirmation of quality from a program with such high standards.

“The QOPI expectations for quality of care are very high. This really is the gold standard for safety in delivering medical oncology treatment to our patients,” said Sweigart, who oversaw the application process for re-certification.

The Cancer Center first achieved QOPI certification in 2014. In applying for recertification, the Center participated in a voluntary comprehensive site assessment against clearly specified standards that are consistent with national guidelines and were successful in meeting the standards and objectives of the QOPI Certification Program.

Sweigart added that the Cancer Center team of care providers is especially grateful that the community it serves can rest assured that Yuma County truly is in qualified and compassionate hands.

“This is a very important achievement and everyone at the Cancer Center is so proud,” she said. “It means so much to us that our community knows that their Cancer Center is right here in Yuma, ready to care for them when they need that care most.”

The QOPI program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet standards for quality and safety in cancer care.

To become certified, cancer centers around the nation are required to submit to a practice-wide evaluation of their documentation standards. The QCP staff and steering group members then verify that the evaluation and documents are correct. They also assure that practices have met core standards in areas of treatment, including:

  • Treatment planning
  • Staff training and education
  • Chemotherapy orders and drug preparation
  • Patient education
  • Safe chemotherapy administration
  • Monitoring and assessment of patient well-being

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