October 24, 2019
HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake has become the first Texas hospital, and only fourteenth in the nation, to earn a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC).
HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake earned the coveted designation by meeting 19 benchmarks including the creation of a Rectal Cancer Multidisciplinary Team where at least one appointed physician from surgery, pathology, radiology, medical oncology and radiation oncology collaborates on a patient's care. Accredited programs also must meet process standards, performance and quality improvement metrics. There are three accreditation opportunities for cancer programs: Commission on Cancer (CoC), breast and colorectal. HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake is the first program in Texas to be accredited in all three awarded by The Joint Commission, the National Institutes of Health, and the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
"The standards required of the accreditation, most notably creating a multidisciplinary approach, have proven to improve patient outcomes," notes HCA Houston Healthcare South Quadrant's Regional Medical Director of complex gastro intestinal surgery, Dr. Theodoros Voloyiannis, a board certified colorectal surgeon who specializes in surgical and non-surgical colon and rectal procedures. "This accreditation is the gold standard for the advancement of rectal cancer care. We're honored to be the first in Texas to earn this achievement."
Colorectal cancer (cancer that starts in the colon or rectum) is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States, according to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.
"The NAPRC program is comprehensive, requiring coordination of diagnostic imaging, lab, consultation with the surgeon, oncologist and radiation oncologist prior to the initiation of treatment," Terri Jamison, HCA Houston Healthcare regional oncology program director added, "Obtaining this accreditation is a testament that comprehensive, high quality cancer programs using the most advanced surgical procedures can be found in outlying communities."
The NAPRC was developed through collaboration between The OSTRiCh Consortium (Optimizing the Surgical Treatment of Rectal Cancer) and the Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.
Located at 500 W. Medical Center Boulevard, HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake has provided comprehensive healthcare to the Bay Area since 1972.
The hospital also is certified as a Level III Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Care, a Comprehensive Stroke Facility by DNV Healthcare and a Level II Trauma Capable Facility.
In addition to its leadership in multidisciplinary cancer care, HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake offers women's services, pediatric care, a Breast Diagnostic Center, Level II trauma emergency room, ACR-accredited imaging center, inpatient rehabilitation center, wound treatment center, bariatric care, neurology and minimally invasive and robotic surgical options.