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Memorial Hermann Northeast Cancer Program Re-Accredited by Commission on Cancer

HUMBLE, TX (June01, 2008)


Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital has been granted a three-year approval with commendation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons for their Community Comprehensive Cancer Program.

Northeast Cancer Program Re-Accredited by Commission
Proudly displaying Memorial Hermann Northeast's three-year re-approval with commendation from the Commission on Cancer are: Standing (from left) - Linda Wuest of the Memorial Hermann Northeast Cancer Program; Oncologist Richard Baltz, MD; Louis Smith, Memorial Hermann Northeast CEO; Gayle Bratsakis and Janet Salzmann of the Cancer Program; and Radiologist Nitesh Banker, MD; seated (from left) - Lynn Whitehair of the Cancer Program; Pathologist Kathy Lamprecht, MD; Radiation Oncologist Neelofur Ahmad, MD; and General Surgeon Norman Sorgen, MD. The Northeast Cancer Program has been accredited continuously since it was first eligible in 1992.

In order to receive accreditation, the Cancer Program had to meet standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care and complying with 36 Commission on Cancer standards.

The Cancer Program received the re-accreditation following an on-site evaluation.

The Memorial Hermann Cancer Center Northeast was established in 1989 and has been accredited continuously by the CoC since it was first eligible in 1992 making it the premier cancer facility in the area.

The Commission on Cancer was established by the American College of Surgeons in 1922 and is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients. Currently, only one in four hospitals has earned accreditation and accreditation is given only to those facilities who commit to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and are willing to undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. Cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

In order to receive accreditation, the cancer program at Memorial Hermann Northeast must provide:

  • Comprehensive care including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
  • Multi-specialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Access to cancer-related information, education and support
  • Cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • Quality care close to home

Memorial Hermann Cancer Center Northeast offers a comprehensive program of radiation therapy customized to each patient's diagnosis and health. Lynn Whitehair is Regional Director and Cancer Services Administrator. Radiation Oncologists Neelofur Ahmad, MD, and M. Elizabeth Sands, MD, provide medical direction.

About Memorial Hermann Northeast

Memorial Hermann Northeast is a 255-bed acute care hospital offering full service care to residents in northeast and north central Harris County and parts of Montgomery and Liberty counties.

About the Memorial Hermann System

An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and 17,000 employees, serves southeast Texas and the greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann's 15 hospitals include three hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, three heart institute locations and eight suburban hospitals. The system also operates seven comprehensive cancer centers, the LifeFlight air ambulance program, the area's only burn treatment center, numerous imaging, sports medicine and rehabilitation, and surgery centers, a Wellness Center, a chemical dependency treatment center, a home health agency, a retirement community and a nursing home. To learn more, visit or call 713.222.CARE.