OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center has earned a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The accrediting program began in 2017, and OSF Saint Francis is one of only 10 programs in the country, and the only one in Illinois, to earn this distinction.
The medical center met 19 standards, including the establishment of a rectal cancer multidisciplinary team that includes clinical representatives from surgery, pathology, radiology, radiation oncology, and medical oncology.
Thirteen of those standards address clinical services that the program is required to provide, and ensure a process whereby the patient starts treatment within a defined timeframe.
The NAPRC is based on successful international models that emphasize program structure, patient care processes, performance improvement, and performance measures. Its goal is to ensure that rectal cancer patients receive the appropriate care using a multidisciplinary approach.
For more information on the NAPRC, please visit their website.