Commission on Cancer Accredits Emory Integrated Cancer Network

April 2016

The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (ACS CoC) has granted full accreditation to the Integrated Network Cancer Program at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, and Emory Johns Creek Hospital. Toncred Styblo, MD, associate professor of surgery and chair of the Winship and Emory Healthcare Integrated Cancer Network, says "this accreditation recognizes our commitment as a network to provide patient-centered cancer treatment and standardized quality cancer care across Winship and Emory Healthcare." The accreditation comes as the integrated program marks its first year linking key providers and staff across all four hospitals.

Dr. Styblo has been an ACS CoC Liaison Physician at Emory University Hospital since 1991. In this role, she has been responsible for spearheading CoC initiatives within the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University; collaborating with local agencies, such as the American Cancer Society; and facilitating quality improvement initiatives using tools from CoC's National Cancer Database to facilitate the analysis of diagnosis and treatment patterns. In the process, she has received two outstanding performance awards from the CoC for her work as a Cancer Liaison Physician.

In 2014, Dr. Styblo was appointed chair of the Winship and Emory Healthcare Integrated Cancer Network. During the next year, she concentrated on achieving the qualifications required by the ACS CoC to be recognized as an official integrated network cancer program (INCP). These included insuring that each facility met performance expectations for quality measures, standardizing registry operations with a uniform data repository, coordinating service locations and practitioners, and creating a unified referral system for cancer-related clinical trials.