HonorHealth is first in Arizona to achieve designation as an Integrated Network Cancer Program

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Feb. 3, 2020) – HonorHealth, a leading Valley healthcare system serving 1.6 million people in the greater Phoenix area, announced today that two of its healthcare centers (Osborn and Shea) have received accreditation as an Integrated Network Cancer Program from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).

HonorHealth is the first organization in Arizona to receive the highly esteemed designation from the CoC as an Integrated Network Cancer Program, which recognizes cancer care networks for their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality and multidisciplinary patient-centered care.

"This accomplishment highlights our work to integrate oncology care across our entire network, ensuring patients have access to clinical experts and the latest innovations in their diagnosis while receiving much of their care close to home," Matthew Schneider, HonorHealth’s associate vice president of oncology services, said. "We couldn’t have achieved this accreditation without the unmatched collaboration of our passionate staff working cohesively to help patients navigate the often-confusing world of being a cancer patient."

Every patient receiving care at an HonorHealth accredited center is surrounded by the latest in cancer research, state-of-the-art facilities, community-focused care, and the world’s leading physicians, clinicians, nurses, technologists, pharmacists, therapists and many other support staff. The cancer program also provides patients with a team of navigators, social workers, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, librarians, and support groups and classes for both patients and caregivers. At the location on the Scottsdale Shea Medical Center campus, internationally renowned physicians and scientists bring first-in-human clinical trials to local, regional and international patients seeking these experts.

"A cancer diagnosis is life-changing, and at HonorHealth, we know how tough it can be to navigate the challenges of this disease," Alisa Domb, RN, supervisor of patient navigation said. "That's why our network provides patients and their families access to much more than the treatment itself, from complementary therapies and fertility preservation, to exercise rehabilitation, lodging assistance, nutritional counseling, social services, cancer support groups, and a world of resources and information."

CoC accreditation is nationally recognized by a number of organizations, including the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, National Quality Forum, American Cancer Society and The Joint Commission, as having established data-driven performance measures for the provision of quality cancer care. The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations that works to improve survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. “The Commission on Cancer accreditation requires compliance with the highest standards of care to best serve our patients through quality initiatives, clinical research, and the development of HonorHealth’s already extensive cancer program,” Nickie Adams, HonorHealth’s regulatory/accreditations consultant, said.

About HonorHealth

HonorHealth is a non-profit, local community healthcare system serving an area of 1.6 million people in the greater Phoenix area. The network encompasses five acute-care hospitals, an extensive medical group, outpatient surgery centers, a cancer care network, clinical research, medical education, a foundation and community services with approximately 12,300 employees, 3,700 affiliated physicians and 3,100 volunteers. HonorHealth was formed by a merger between Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network. HonorHealth’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of those we serve. Learn more at HonorHealth.com.