ASTORIA — This year, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, an accrediting body of the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative, will observe its 100th anniversary.

The yearlong campaign will celebrate the milestone, honor the dedication and leadership of those who have helped to build and shape the commission and identify new opportunities to improve care for cancer patients.

The commission’s success in improving the quality of cancer care is attributed to the contributions and commitment of participating accredited programs, including the cancer program at the Cancer Collaborative, which has been accredited by the commission since 2020.

“Gaining accreditation from the Commission on Cancer was a multi-year effort demonstrating to our community, to providers and to the government that we have invested in systems that ensure our cancer patients receive high-quality, coordinated care,” says Dr. Mark Sundermeyer, medical director of the Cancer Collaborative. “Accreditation from the CoC places CMH among an elite group of cancer programs in the country, very few of which are at Critical Access Hospitals.”

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1922, the commission is a consortium of professional organizations, dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

As a commission-accredited facility, the Cancer Collaborative takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that require consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists in a multidisciplinary partnership created to improve patient care.

The commission will feature special 100-year anniversary content in the Cancer Programs News weekly newsletter, on American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs social media channels and on the new 100-year anniversary website.

To learn more about the cancer program at Columbia Memorial, go to columbiamemorial.org/services/cancer-care.

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