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 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.
Sky Ridge is committed to providing cancer screenings to the community, primarily through the annual 9Health Fair, to ensure that we are providing you with education, information and access. Here are the results from our 2017 efforts:
Breast screening: During the 9Health Fair on April 29, 2017, we performed 42 breast exams with 3 requiring follow-up. At our October 7, Women’s Symposium, we offered a free educational seminar on the new dense breast guidelines that was attended by 165 women.
Colo/rectal screening: We provided 50 take home kits at the 9Health Fair on April 29. On December 2, we launched Colonoscopy Saturdays to make it easier for working people to schedule a colonoscopy.
Skin screening: During the 9Health Fair on April 29, we screened 132 people and advised 66 people that they required additional follow-up.
GYN: 33 pap tests were performed at the 9Health Fair with 13 requiring follow-up. We have also been providing education on HPV for both adults and vaccine education for parents.
Prostate: On September 20, 2017, we hosted a free prostate cancer screening in conjunction with the Prostate Conditions Education Council. We saw 86 men with 44 abnormal DRE and 42 with abnormal PSA; phone calls were made to those with elevated PSA or a finding on the DRE and all received a follow-up letter.
All who attend the 9Health Fair are notified with abnormal findings after the event. We will continue to post the results of these events on our website.
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
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
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
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.
Sky Ridge Medical Center is proud of our 2015 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.
The American College of Surgeons (ACoS) 2015, Standard 1.12.
DEFINITION AND REQUIREMENTS
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