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Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center


Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Cancer Program
Receives Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation

Chicago, Ill. – December 14, 2012 -- The cancer program at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) recently received three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).

As an accredited cancer program, PSMEMC demonstrates an important commitment to providing patients with access to high quality services they need – from diagnoses through treatment, rehabilitation and survivorship.

To achieve accreditation, the medical center participated in a rigorous voluntary evaluation by a physician surveyor who reviewed the full scope of the program – including cancer committee leadership, data management, clinical services, community outreach and quality improvement. Cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years to maintain accreditation.

"The uniqueness of our cancer program is truly the team effort – from our physicians and nurses to cancer tumor registry staff members who collect data and our new oncology patient navigator who works one-on-one with patients and families" said Korathu Thomas, M.D. (photo at right), medical director, PSMEMC cancer program. "Everyone on the team is actively involved in providing patients and families with the very best care each step of the way."

For patients, receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures they have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a wide range of state-of-the art services and equipment
  • A multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Access to treatment options
  • Cancer-related information, education and support
  • A cancer tumor registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • Quality care close to home

"One of the benefits of our program is that patients will receive high quality, personalized and compassionate care in their own neighborhood – without traveling far," Dr. Thomas said.

New to the cancer program is an oncology patient navigator – an advanced practice nurse – who helps educate cancer patients and family members about diagnoses and treatment plans. The navigator also schedules physician appointments, tests, procedures and provides referrals to appropriate cancer support programs and services.

There are more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico – representing nearly 30 percent of all hospitals. Staff at these 30 percent of CoC-accredited hospitals diagnose and/or treat about 80 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.


About Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC)

PSMEMC is a premier medical center on Chicago's near northwest side and includes the: Saint Mary Campus, 2233 W. Division St., and Saint Elizabeth Campus, 1431 N. Claremont Ave. The Saint Mary Campus is certified as a Primary Stroke Center and accredited as a Chest Pain Center. The hospital specializes in cardiac care, digestive diseases, emergency services, neuroscience services, obstetrics, primary care, behavioral health and wound healing. PSMEMC ranks No. 19 in the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" in the Chicago metro area. PSMEMC offers comprehensive diabetes care and education for inpatients and outpatients. Visit our website at

About Provena Health – Resurrection Health Care, Now Joined as Presence Health

PSMEMC is part of Presence Health, a family of Catholic, not-for profit, healthcare services providing advanced medical care and exceptional service with compassion and hope. With locations in Chicago and its collar counties, as well as in East-Central Illinois, it is the largest Catholic health provider in Illinois, encompassing 12 hospitals, 27 long term care and senior residential facilities, numerous outpatient services, clinics, home health services, hospice, private duty, and comprehensive Behavioral Health services. Presence Health is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, the Sisters of the Holy Family, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Sisters of the Resurrection. Visit to learn more.


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