MetroHealth Cancer Center Receives Prestigious Accreditations
The MetroHealth Cancer Center recently achieved two prestigious accreditations that reflect the team’s high level of expertise and care for the community.
The Commission on Cancer, a quality program through American College of Surgeons, recently accredited MetroHealth’s cancer program for an additional three years. To earn this accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 quality care standards and maintain high levels of excellence.
In addition, The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, another program through ACS, accredited MetroHealth Medical Center. This accreditation is given to institutions that meet standards related to a center’s leadership, clinical services, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement for patients. Breast centers seeking this accreditation undergo a site visit every three years.
“Our mission at the MetroHealth is to provide the best cancer care possible,” said Benjamin Li, MD, Director, MetroHealth Cancer Center. “Because of this multi-disciplinary approach, our team provides a level of care that addresses all facets of an individual’s cancer journey. These recognitions are a reflection of our caregivers’ dedication, compassion and commitment to excellence.”
MetroHealth, meanwhile, continues to set a new standard for cancer care in Greater Cleveland.
Earlier this year, for example, MetroHealth invested $5 million in advanced radiation technology that can target a broad range of cancer cells with high level precision and accuracy. Known as the Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator, the technology allows oncologists to deliver high-energy X-rays or electrons to the region of the patient’s tumor while sparing healthy organs and tissues from radiation exposure
Also, with the formation of a new Center for Cancer Research, MetroHealth is ensuring that all patients have access to the latest advances in cancer care and can participate in cutting-edge clinical
“Fundamental to caring for our cancer patients is the continuous striving for better outcomes for all of them,” Dr. Li said. “Investment by MetroHealth in discovering new knowledge and better treatments for our cancer patients is our commitment to improving cancer outcomes for our community.”
The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.
The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.
Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.
The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.