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Member News — Hackensack University Medical Center Earns Joint Commission Recertification for its Prostate Cancer Program
May 21st, 2018

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has earned Joint Commission recertification for its Prostate Cancer Program — the only disease-specific care certified program of its kind in the United States.

“I want to commend our team members for achieving this important recertification,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., FACS, president of Hackensack University Medical Center. “They fully embody our commitment to provide excellent clinical treatment and truly compassionate care.”

The Joint Commission team reviewed inpatient and outpatient areas as well as data specific to the program, including provider and team member files, which were assessed for current disease-specific competency and education.

The surveyors commended: interdisciplinary team engagement, excellent data analysis, team member education and competencies, and cooperation between care areas, as well as what they described as a clean, beautiful, and uplifting environment. Patients praised: a terrific team, great nursing care, and very good pain control.

“This disease-specific recertification highlights our multidisciplinary approach to providing best practices and the best care for our patients,” said Michael Stifelman, M.D., chair of Urology and director of Robotic Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center. “Adhering to the principles of Joint Commission certification directly aligns with our team philosophy to treat the patient as a whole person and deliver the best possible outcomes.”

Key focus areas included: a multidisciplinary effort to enroll patients with advanced disease in clinical trials; optimal and appropriate pain management; a nurse navigator for each patient to ensure prompt diagnosis and treatment; and a commitment to reduced length of hospital stays.

The mission of the Prostate Cancer Program at Hackensack University Medical Center is to deliver extraordinary care that is multidisciplinary, personalized and innovative, with superior outcomes to the most satisfied patients. The team includes physicians, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, and social workers, all dedicated to providing exceptional treatment.

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

The Joint Commission’s mission is to improve health care for the public by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

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