Outer Banks Hospital cancer program

From left, Robin Hearne, RN, hospital director of cancer services, Dr. William Guenther, oncologist, and Dr. Charles Shelton, radiation oncologist, discuss the importance of collaboration and partnership in achieving the Accreditation with Commendation.

The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer has awarded the Outer Banks Hospital cancer program Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation. This accreditation means the hospital has met and exceeded the CoC quality care standards through a three-year survey process. It is the hospital's second consecutive Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation.

            The award is presented only to facilities that exceed standard requirements at the time of the survey.

            “Improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients is our number-one priority,” noted hospital oncologist Dr. William Guenther. “Achieving this accreditation with commendation is a clear benchmark for the high quality and tireless efforts of our cancer services team.”

            In addition to the compliant standards and additional commendations, the CoC surveyor, Patricia Goldblatt, MD, noted, “This hospital has only 21 beds and fulfills a dire need of cancer services in this island community. The range of services that they provide is exceptional, and they strive to improve in every way, with strong support from both the hospital administration and medical community. Considering that this program has been accredited for only four years, their performance in this survey was phenomenal and the enthusiasm of the staff was contagious.”


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Congratulations to the cancer program on this award. Anyone have thoughts on how to get the ER Dept training from you all ? They could use a total makeover on patient care. Would be nice for you to keep this good reputation and not have it spoiled by all the numerous negative experiences patient have when going to the OBX Hospital ER. Its quite amazing it has continued to be poor year after year , its well past time it be turned around.

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