“The survey marks a significant milestone in a two-year journey to enhance the quality and service of cancer care delivered to Fauquier Health patients,” hospital spokeswoman Robin Earl said in a press release.
The accreditation recognizes Fauquier Health’s voluntary commitment ensures patients have access to a full scope of services to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and support patients with cancer and their families. The Commission on Cancer is the only multidisciplinary accreditation program for cancer care in the United States. Once accredited, hospitals continually evaluate their performance and outcomes.
Through the accreditation process, Fauquier Hospital has:
• Developed a multidisciplinary action plan to improve tobacco cessation measures.
• Implemented Yttrium-90 procedure for treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer with inoperable hepatocellular metastases.
• Begun low dose 3D breast screening mammography to improve early detection of breast cancer.
• Decreased time between a diagnostic mammogram and needle/core biopsy.
• Provided an open MRI option to patients for a higher level of comfort.
• Transitioned to the latest generation of endoscopic equipment to improve colon polyp detection and early cancer diagnosis.
• Revitalized the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Program.
• Established a patient support group: Cancer Resources Education and Wellness (CREW).
• Implemented Cancer Advocacy Resource 4 Everyone (CARE) to provide one-on-one mentoring to cancer patients.
• Arranged for a registered dietitian to provide nutrition counseling to all cancer patients.
• Implemented Healthy Steps, an exercise program for cancer patients.
• Arranged for interventional pain management services.
New cancer care physician
Hematologist/oncologist Raj Pal Manchandani has joined Fauquier Health’s Center for Cancer Care.
Dr. Manchandani is board certified in hematology and medical oncology, with extensive training in management of solid and hematologic malignancies, as well as in benign hematologic disorders.
“Cancer patients are living longer and better, but a cancer diagnosis is still overwhelming,” he said. “That’s why I give compassionate care for the whole person, not just for the disease. I am privileged to be able to help people during this very difficult time in their lives.”
Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology is at the heart of the Center for Cancer Care, which also includes its Infusion Center.
“Patients appreciate being able to come to a familiar environment and get the same standard of care as a bigger hospital,” Dr. Manchandani said. “Having cancer care in their own community saves time and offers comfort, to patients and to their caregivers.”
He describes nurses in the Infusion Center as “eyes and ears for me. I may only see a patient once a month, but they see them every week or every other week. They spend more time with patients and if they are concerned or see anything unusual, they can let me know. They are an integral part of our care team.”