June 18, 2008


COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted approval to the Cancer Center at Maury Regional Hospital, according to Diane Perry, administrative director of oncology services. This is the third time that the Cancer Center has achieved this three-year approval following a stringent evaluation process.

“The dedication and teamwork of physicians and staff has enabled us to maintain this accreditation. I am so proud of this team and the level of care that we provide to our patients,” said Perry.

Approval by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. Receiving care at a CoC-approved program ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
  • a multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • access to cancer-related information, education, and support
  • a cancer 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, and, most importantly
  • quality care close to home

According to Director of Radiation Therapy David Thomas, the CoC found no deficiencies during their review and the Cancer Center received seven commendations for the level of care provided. Some of the commendations received were in the areas of prevention and early detection, outcomes analysis, patient guidelines and cancer related improvements.


Pathologist Albert Domm, M.D., serves as the Cancer Committee chairman, James Richardson, M.D., serves as the hospital’s liaison with the ACS Commission on Cancer and Patricia Lentz serves as the cancer registrar.  Radiation oncologist Michael Sattasiri, M.D., conducts studies and outcome analysis on an annual basis in addition to overseeing radiation treatment for patients. Thomas also praised the medical oncologists Houston Jameson, M.D., Mark Messenger, M.D., Steven Woodley, M.D., and John Worthman, M.D.—as well as the surgeons on the medical staff—for their involvement in the success of the Cancer Center.

“Maury Regional is fortunate to have such highly-skilled and dedicated physicians that care for our cancer patients,” said Thomas. “Working together, they oversee the cancer program and verify and check all requirements that the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer requires for the accreditation process.”

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that more than 1.4 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2007. There are currently more than 1,400 CoC-approved cancer programs in the US and Puerto Rico, representing close to 25 percent of all hospitals. This 25 percent of hospitals diagnose and/or treat 80 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. In addition, a national network of more than 1,600 volunteer Cancer Liaison Physicians provides leadership and support for the CoC Approvals Program and other CoC activities at these local facilities.

Cancer patient data are reported by each CoC-approved cancer program to the CoC’s National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint CoC/American Cancer Society program. The NCDB currently contains patient demographics, tumor characteristics, and treatment and outcomes information for more than 18 million cancer patients diagnosed and treated at hospital cancer programs in the US between 1985 and 2004. These data account for approximately two-thirds of newly diagnosed cancer cases in the US each year.

NCDB data is regularly used to monitor and improve the quality of patient care delivered in CoC-approved cancer programs. The CoC requires programs to implement quality improvement initiatives that promote the delivery of quality, multidisciplinary cancer care and lead to ongoing education interventions with local providers in the CoC-approved cancer programs.

Through an exclusive partnership with the American Cancer Society, the CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-approved cancer program. This information is shared with the public on the American Cancer Society’s Web site at and through the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345.

For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit

About the Commission on Cancer

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care. The core functions of the CoC include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards; collecting standardized and quality data from approved facilities; and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state and local level.

About Maury Regional Hospital

Maury Regional Hospital is recognized as a 2007 Thomson Top 100® Hospital. The 275-bed not-for-profit regional medical center established in 1953 is located in Columbia, Tennessee. The hospital has a medical staff of 170 physicians, representing more than 30 specialties, and serves approximately 260,000 residents in southern Middle Tennessee with affiliate facilities in Spring Hill, Hohenwald, Lewisburg and Waynesboro. For more information, visit


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