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Fox Chase Cancer Center Awarded Gold Seal of Approval From The Joint Commission

PHILADELPHIA (March 2, 2007) - By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety, Fox Chase Cancer Center has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval. Fox Chase takes part in the hospital accreditation process on a continuous basis. The Joint Commission surveys most hospitals every three years, but those participating in continuous accreditation efforts monitor and improve their efforts every day, not just in preparation for a survey, according to The Joint Commission.

"We sought continuous accreditation for our organization because we want to demonstrate our commitment to patients' safety and quality care," said James F. Lynch, vice president for hospital and medical science administration at Fox Chase. "We view obtaining Joint Commission accreditation as another step toward achieving excellence."

"Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous systematic and organization-wide improvement in and organization's performance and the outcomes of care," says Darlene Christiansen, executive director of The Joint Commission's Hospital Accreditation Program. "The community should be proud that Fox Chase Cancer Center is focusing on the most challenging goal-to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels."

The Joint Commission conducted an unannounced, on-site evaluation of Fox Chase Cancer Center on October 24 through October 27. The Gold Seal of Approval accreditation award recognizes Fox Chase Cancer Center's dedication to complying with the Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health-care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations and more than 6,800 other health-care organizations that provide long-term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory-care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks and other managed-care entities. In addition, The Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers and health-care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nations oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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