Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center recognized for quality

REHOBOTH BEACH – The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted three-year Accreditation with Commendation to the cancer program at Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center.

This is the fourth time that Tunnell Cancer Center has gained the coveted Commendation designation as part of the three-year Certificate of Accreditation, though Tunnell Cancer Center has consistently received CoC accreditation.

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To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.  Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey.

As a CoC-accredited cancer center, Tunnell Cancer Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists.  This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.

“We are extremely proud to have earned the Commission’s highest approval award,” said Cherrie Rich, RN, MSN, Executive Director of Oncology Services at Beebe Healthcare. “This is a tribute to all of those involved in the cancer program, including the medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and cancer center nurses and staff, as well as the pharmacists and all those in the laboratory, in dietary, in home health and community outreach, and those in our Tumor Registry who accurately report the data. This true team effort signifies our commitment to our patients and our community.”

Tunnell Cancer Center opened in November of 1995 at Beebe’s main campus in Lewes. Following more than a decade of growth, in 2006, the center moved into its present modern and spacious location at the Beebe Health Campus on John J. Williams Highway in Rehoboth Beach.

Tunnell Cancer Center began in 1995 with two doctors and a handful of staff. Today, it is served by thirteen oncology specialist physicians and surgeons, two specialized nurse practitioners, one specialized physician assistant, and more than 90 clinicians and other experienced personnel, and visited by nearly 300 patients a day.

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