Cancer Committee Activities & Annual Outcomes Reports

Community Reports

Our reports summarize the past year of activity for the Cancer Committee, specific to Studies & Quality Improvement and Community Outreach. Annual Outcome Reports are published early each year for the prior year's activities. Following PeaceHealth's commitment to transparency, each report includes a quality study.

2019 Committee Members  

Ryan Fortna, MD, PhD,  Cancer Committee Chair & Pathology
Binay Shah, MD, Cancer Liaison Physician
Michael Taylor, MD, FACRO, Radiation Oncology
Patricia Franklin, MD, General Surgery
David Cahalan, MD, Radiology
Kim Savage, Administration
Cecilia Meintel, MSW, Psychosocial Services Coordinator
Kelli Baker, Community Outreach Coordinator
Kathleen Rathvon, CTR, Cancer Registrar
Lauren Key, RN, Clinical Research Coordinator
Mandy Cronk, Quality Management Coordinator

Adjunct Members

Danika Hardwick, MOEd, RDN, Registered Dietician
Alyssa Holdaway, OTR/L, CLT, Rehabilitation
Mary Bosell, MDiv, BCC, Chaplain
Ben Thompson, PharmD, Pharmacist

Commission on Cancer  

PeaceHealth United General Medical Center has been an accredited cancer program through the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer since 1975.  We received three-year approval with six commendations as a Community Cancer Program at the last survey in June 2014. 
Receiving care at a cancer program approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) means that patients will have access to:
  • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the art services and equipment
  • A multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Access to cancer-related information, education, and support
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Approval by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain approval, facilities with CoC-approved cancer programs must undergo an
on-site review every three years.
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