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Saint Barnabas Medical Center First in NJ to Receive ASCO Cancer Care Certification
The Cancer Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center has become the first oncology practice in New Jersey to be recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program.
“We are extremely proud that the Cancer Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center is the first Hospital in New Jersey to receive this certification from ASCO and QOPI, which underscores our commitment to excellence for our patients,” said John F. Bonamo, M.D., M.S., Executive Director, Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
“Increasingly educated patients and families demand accountability and the highest standards from cancer care providers,” said Douglas W. Blayney, MD, immediate past president of ASCO. “The QOPI certification will allow oncologists in the community to be at the forefront of cancer care, and to be recognized for their quality. The Certification Program will help practices determine whether they are providing the best treatment and care possible to their patients, and demonstrates a commitment to excellence and ongoing quality improvement in the hematology-oncology outpatient practice.”
QOPI is a voluntary, self-assessment and improvement program launched by ASCO in 2006 to help hematology-oncology and medical oncology practices assess the quality of the care they provide to patients. Through the QOPI program, practices abstract data from patients’ records up to twice per year and enter this information into a secure database. The Cancer Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center is the first program in New Jersey to receive the inaugural certification in 2010. More than 640 oncology practices have registered in the QOPI program.
The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet standards for quality cancer care.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With more than 28,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. For ASCO information and resources, visit www.asco.org. Patient-oriented cancer information is available at www.Cancer.Net.
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Since 1865, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC), located at 94 Old Short Hills Road in Livingston, is New Jersey’s oldest nonprofit, nonsectarian acute-care hospital. The 597-bed institution is one of the largest heath care providers in the state, treating more than 35,000 inpatients and over 84,000 Emergency Department patients each year. The Medical Center and the Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center provide treatment and services for more than 300,000 outpatient visits annually.