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Holyoke Medical Center Fully Accredited for Oncology Services

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center’s Oncology Department Cancer Program recently received a full three-year accreditation with special commendations by the American College of Surgeons. HMC has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons for more than 30 years. The commendations were awarded in the areas of clinical performance and compliance with standards for ACOS.

“This is the highest rating the hospital has ever achieved in its history of affiliation with the American College of Surgeons, and we are very proud of this accomplishment,” said Director of Oncology and Community Benefits Helen Arnold.

This accreditation is in addition to a full three-year reaccreditation for HMC’s breast-cancer program by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) in 2013, which confirms that Holyoke Medical Center provides multi-disciplinary, high-quality, patient-centered care for its breast-cancer patients. HMC was the first NAPBC-accredited breast-cancer center in Western Mass. The maintenance of these accreditations requires a rigorous examination at the time of survey and in the months leading up to the survey of all policies, procedures, programs, and data of the HMC cancer program and its staff, said Arnold.

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