At the Sarah Cannon/HealthONE Cancer Network, we continually monitor quality indicators and outcomes to improve patient care. These measures include evidence-based guidelines. Providing care according to the recommendations of the Commission on Cancer, as well as the National Quality Forum (NQF), the American Society of Oncology (ASCO), and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) , is more likely to result in high quality patient outcomes.

Sky Ridge Medical Center is proud of our outcomes on these key Cancer Program measures. Our multidisciplinary approach with collaboration among physicians, clinicians, and nurse navigators improves communication, coordination of care, and effective treatment for our patients.

In 2016, we held several cancer prevention and screening events that were specifically selected and designed to meet the needs of our community. Our goals were to decrease late stage diagnosis through education and increase access to screenings. Below is a summary of the events.

Event: Free Prostate Cancer Screening

Date: September 22, 2016

Participants: 62

Follow-up with Participants: Certified letter sent to the seven participants with elevated PSAs recommending follow-up care. 

Outcome: In 2016, Northwestern released a study indicating a rise in later stage prostate cancer due to the change in PSA screening guidelines. While prostate cancer cases are lower in our service area, we will continue to offer free PSA screenings given the results of the Northwestern study and the recommendation of our urologists. 

Event: Primary Care Conference

Date: August 20, 2016

Participants: 75 Primary Care Physicians

Follow-up with Participants: Follow-up survey to gauge effectiveness of education and to encourage future attendance.

Outcome: Goal of the lung cancer discussion at the Primary Care Conference was to educate PCPs on new advancements in the treatment of lung cancer and technology that can improve earlier detection. Sky Ridge will continue to educate the community regarding the benefits of quitting smoking and lung cancer screenings as well advancements in early detection. 

Event: Women's Symposium

Date: October 1, 2016

Participants: 130

Follow-up with Participants: Follow-up survey to participants to gauge their propensity to schedule a mammogram pre and post education.

Outcome: In addition to the women's symposium, Sky Ridge hosted numerous educational events throughout the year for physicians and the community to provide updates on screening mammography guidelines, genetic counseling and the benefits of 3D mammography. We will offer free beast exams during the 9Health Fair on April 29, 2017.

Event: Genetic Risk Seminar

Date: October 26, 2016

Participants: 65

Follow-up with Participants: We contacted the 10 participants who requested follow-up after  the seminar to ensure faster appointments with a genetic counselor.

Outcome: Because of the current wait list of six months to a year to see a genetic counselor, we will continue to host genetic counseling education seminars in 2017 to facilitate access to care more quickly.

See Our 2015 Cancer Care Outcomes

References: The American College of Surgeons (ACoS) 2015, Standard 1.12.


Each year, the cancer committee develops and disseminates a report of patient or program outcomes to the public. The content of the report includes outcome information on 1 or more of the following standards:

  • Standard 4.1 Prevention Programs
  • Standard 4.2 Screening Programs
  • Standard 4.4 Accountability Measures – these will be the measures that we will use
  • Standard 4.5 Quality Improvement Measures – these will be the measures that we will use
  • Standard 4.6 Monitoring Compliance with Evidence-Based Guidelines
  • Standard 4.7 Studies of Quality
  • Standard 4.8 Quality Improvements