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Bronson Battle Creek Nationally Recognized for Cancer Care
  Over the past several months, Bron- son Battle Creek has earned national recognition for the quality of cancer care it provides to the community. Recent ac- creditations include:
• Commission on Cancer of the Ameri-
can College of Surgeons
• ASTRO Accreditation Program of
• National Accreditation Program for
Breast Centers
These recognitions showcase the clin- ical excellence and wide variety of ca- pabilities provided at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center.
“Receiving these accreditations is a reflection of not only the hard work that our team puts in on a daily basis, but also the high level cancer care that our pa- tients can receive close to home,” says Jim McKernan, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. “The capabilities of our teams stretch across a variety of areas. From genetic assessments to survivor- ship, to radiation and surgical oncology, to our overall cancer care, our patients have come to know and expect this high level care, regardless of what type of can- cer they’re receiving treatment for. We’re proud of the accreditations we’ve received at our cancer care center. It’s a privilege to provide this care to our community.”
Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS)
As part of the recent three-year CoC reaccreditation, The Cancer Care Center also received six out of six commenda- tions, the highest commendation achiev- able for The Cancer Care Center. The hospital has been accredited by the CoC since 1995.
“We are very proud to have main- tained this accreditation for more than 20 years,” says Randy Mudge, MD, medical director of The Cancer Care Center and chief of staff for Bronson Battle Creek. “We are committed to providing the saf- est, highest level of care to our patients. This reaccreditation is a reflection of the hard work our team has invested.”
As a CoC-accredited cancer cen- ter, Bronson Battle Creek takes a
multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases. This means that these providers work with other surgeons, medical and radia- tion oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. For patients, this means that they can ex- pect continuous improvements in patient care. The CoC accreditation program offers a framework for Bronson Battle Creek to provide quality patient care through various cancer-related programs. These focus on all aspects of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, reha- bilitation, life-long follow-up for recur- rent disease, and end-of-life care.
When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to infor- mation on:
• Clinical trials
• New treatments
• Genetic counseling
• Patient centered services including
psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to im- prove cancer survivors’ quality of life.
Bronson Battle Creek defines a can- cer survivor as any person who been diagnosed with cancer, whether they are still in treatment or not. “My role at the cancer care center is to provide sur- vivorship support for our patients,” says Tim Sparling, the survivorship and ad- vanced illness management coordinator at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center. “There are many changes that cancer survivors experience throughout their journey, and survivorship is a very
important aspect of that. I help patients beyond their treatment. I customize plans with input from the treatment team for each patient to support their body, mind and spirit.”
ASTRO Accreditation Program of Excellence (APEx)
APEx is a four-year accreditation for radiation oncology services. This ac- creditation focuses specifically on five pillars of patient care:
• The process of care
• The radiation oncology team • Safety
• Quality management
• Patient-centered care
Often, it takes organizations nearly one year to complete the requirements for APEx. The team at Bronson Battle Creek completed the requirements in only seven months. They are now one of just two APEx accredited cancer centers in the state of Michigan, and one of 34 in the nation. Other institutions with this accreditation include M.D. Anderson and Johns Hopkins.
Ron Spruyette, a retiree-now-hobby farmer from Bellevue, was recently a pa- tient at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center. He was receiving radiation treatment for prostate cancer. “My wife and I felt like we were in a fog going into that first appointment,” Ron said. “After that first meeting with Dr. Mudge every- thing was cleared up for us. He was com- passionate, understanding and explained everything so well.”
National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
NAPBC awarded The Cancer Care Center with this three-year accreditation the second term in a row. When some- one is receiving care at an NAPBC-ac- credited breast cancer center, they have access to a variety of services including comprehensive care, a multidisciplinary team, options to participate in clinical trials, and quality breast cancer treat- ment close to home.
To learn more about these accred- itations and the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center, visit bronsonhealth. com/cancer.

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