The in-depth survey examines three years of program activity in areas like cancer data management, clinical management, community outreach, staff support and quality improvement. The cancer program received accolades specifically for its efforts in prevention and early detection, as well as quality improvement steps directly related to patient care.
Strong program leadership and true compassion for patients is shown in every detail of the program. The staff is led by Dr. David Bertsch, Cancer Liason Physician, and Dr. Phillip Lowry, Chief of Medical Oncology. The Guthrie Cancer Program at Robert Packer Hospital has been accredited since 1979.
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.
Guthrie Health is a community-based, not-for-profit health care system jointly formed by Guthrie Healthcare System (GHS) and Guthrie Clinic, also not-for-profit health care organizations. GHS provides inpatient, outpatient and home-based services through Corning Hospital, Troy Community Hospital, Robert Packer Hospital, and Guthrie Home Care and Guthrie Hospice. Guthrie Clinic provides primary and specialty physician services at 25 regional clinics. Guthrie Health provides care for 200,000 patients annually within its eleven-county service area across the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York.