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White Plains Hospital Completes National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer

White Plains Hospital Completes National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer
06/09/2020

WHITE PLAINS, NY – White Plains Hospital announced today that it has earned a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), a quality program of the Commission on Cancer and the American College of Surgeons. With this accreditation, White Plains Hospital is now just one of 16 hospitals in the nation, and one of just two in New York State, to be an accredited Rectal Cancer Program.

To earn this voluntary accreditation, the Cancer Program at White Plains Hospital underwent a rigorous process over three years. This included the creation of a dedicated clinical and administrative team to focus on rectal cancer.  Since rectal cancer care requires comprehensive coordination between numerous specialties, the clinical team helps to facilitate and synchronize best practices for every patient, across all departments. No other hospital in the New York Metro area has achieved this accreditation.

“The diagnosing and treatment of rectal cancer requires a multidisciplinary team of highly-skilled physicians working together to formulate the best treatment plan possible,” says Dr. Kimberly Yee, Rectal Cancer Program Director at White Plains Hospital. “Our team at the White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care prides itself on teamwork, quality and experience, ensuring our patients are able to access world-class cancer treatment close to home.”

“This accreditation is a prime example of how White Plains Hospital goes beyond what is expected of a community hospital,” says Dr. Joshua Raff, Rectal Cancer Program Assistant Director at White Plains Hospital. “We have the talent and resources needed to create a premier cancer program and are small enough to continue to provide efficient and personalized care for our patients.”

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. The American Cancer Society estimates that the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 23 (4.4%) for men and 1 in 25 (4.1%) for women. Early detection through routine screening has been shown to significantly improve survival rates and White Plains Hospital offers a variety of techniques to diagnose and treat rectal cancer. To find out more visit: https://www.wphospital.org/services-specialties/cancer-care-oncology/prevention/colorectal-cancer.

About White Plains Hospital 

White Plains Hospital is a proud member of the Montefiore Health System, serving as its tertiary hub of advanced care in the Hudson Valley. The Hospital is a 292-bed not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Center for Cancer CareThe William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, with more than 60,000 patient visits a year. White Plains Hospital performs lifesaving emergency and elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, MD, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Marie Promuto Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. White Plains Hospital has outpatient medical facilities across Westchester, including multispecialty practices in Armonk, New Rochelle, Somers and Yorktown Heights; and Scarsdale Medical Group locations in Harrison and Scarsdale. The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2015 and 2013. The Hospital received Magnet® designation in 2012 and 2016 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). In 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades®. It is a three-time recipient of an “A” Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group, for Spring 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, and in 2019, was the only Hospital in Westchester to be named Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report. http://www.wphospital.org

About the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer

The NAPRC was developed through a collaboration between the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons, and the Optimizing the Surgical Treatment of Rectal Cancer (OSTRiCh) Consortium, as well as the American College of Radiology (ACR), the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). 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 appropriate care using a multidisciplinary approach. For more information about the program, and instructions on how to apply for accreditation, please visit the NAPRC website, or contact NAPRC@facs.org.