Keene Cancer Center Honored with Accreditation with Commendation for Excellence in Cancer Care

September 27, 2012
Keene, NH

Cancer Center Team

Members of the Kingsbury Pavilion team, left to right: Erin Lynch, Jill Winslow, Sarah Whicker, Carol Huntley-Smith, Heather Boyd, Steve Larmon, Tanya LeBlanc, Angie Rounds, Beverly Griffin, Jennifer Michelson, Marla Evans, Hannah Dunn, James Nickerson

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) recently awarded a three-year Accreditation with Commendation to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center Kingsbury Pavilion at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene.

The CoC Accreditation Program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through cancer-related programs, diagnostics and treatments. The programs focus on prevention, early diagnosis, pretreatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, clinical research, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support services, and end-of-life care.

According to the CoC, approximately 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients in the United States are treated in facilities that are accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation of a cancer center is granted only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment and comply with established CoC standards.
Recognizing that cancer is a complex group of diseases, the CoC Cancer Program Standards promote consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists.

Receiving care at the Kingsbury Pavilion, a CoC-accredited cancer facility, ensures that patients will receive comprehensive, quality care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment. "Our staff members provide patients the best care for their cancers close to home where they have the support of their family and friends," says Jennifer Michelson, RN, BSN, Director.

The multidisciplinary team coordinates on-going assessment of treatment planning based on evidence-based national treatment guidelines, and access to cancer-related information and education, as well as services such as psychological distress screening and counseling. "I make sure that every one of our patients is asked how they are coping during their cancer treatments and the physicians have the information they need to help our patients achieve the best outcome possible," says Marla Evans, CMA.

The organization also offers palliative care services to help cancer patients and their families through the cancer treatment process, as well as follow-up care, and maintains a cancer registry that collects data on cancer type, stage, and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up. The Kingsbury Pavilion is closely affiliated with the Norris Cotton Cancer Center of Dartmouth in Lebanon, NH, which provides access to cancer related data and services that enhance the care plan. "Our affiliation with the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon offers our physicians access to consultations with multiple experts when needed for planning our patients' care needs," says Dr Larmon, Kingsbury Pavilion Medical Director.

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation's healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/DHK, Vision 2020 is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation's healthiest community by 2020. For information, please call (603) 354-5400 or visit

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