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WH Cancer Program accredited (02/23/2014)
Winona Health’s Cancer Care Program has been accredited by the Commission on Cancer.

“This accreditation acknowledges that Winona Health has a high-quality Cancer Program,” said Sara Gabrick, administrative leader for Surgical and Specialty Services. “Our goal is to make it possible for patients to stay close to home for cancer care, evaluation and treatment.”

David Rowekamp, MD, chair of Winona Health’s Cancer Committee, said, “I can assure community members that what we do here locally to diagnose and treat cancer is done very well. In addition to following the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines, we strive to give each patient personalized care and support to help them through treatment.” Dr. Rowekamp added that Winona Health has collaborative relationships with other regional healthcare organizations if a referral for treatment is necessary.

Only 30% of hospitals have accredited cancer programs, and Dr. Rowekamp noted that it is rare for a healthcare organization in a community the size of Winona to receive the Commission on Cancer accreditation. Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer-accredited organization ensures individuals will receive:

Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.

A multidisciplinary, team approach to coordinate the best cancer treatment options.

Access to cancer-related information and education.

Access to patient-centered services such as psychosocial distress screening.

Options for genetic assessment and counseling and palliative care services.

Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.

Assessment of treatment planning based on evidence-based national treatment guidelines.

Information about clinical trials and new treatment options.

Follow-up care at the completion of treatment, including a survivorship care plan.

A cancer registry that collects data on cancer type, stage, and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up.

Winona Health’s Cancer Program team includes three general surgeons, Matthew Broghammer, DO; Lee Tombetta, MD, FACS; and Hans Zinnecker, MD, FACS, a medical oncologist, Richard Ferris, MD, and pathologist, Ronald England, DO. Additionally, two radiologists, Justin Albanese, MD, and William Krueger, DO, provide critical information to accurately diagnose and stage cancer for development of individualized treatment plans. The clinical team also includes oncology nurses, cancer registrars, laboratory technicians, registered dietitians, a nurse navigator, oncology social workers and rehabilitation therapists.

The accreditation indicates that Winona Health’s Cancer Program has been rigorously reviewed by 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.

More information about the Commission on Cancer is available at http://www.facs.org/cancer/. For more information about Winona Health’s Cancer Program, visit winonahealth.org/cancercare, or call Sandy Gruszynski, cancer care nurse navigator, at 507.494.7378.  


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