By Amanda Patton, ACCC Communications
As summer winds down, we invite you to step back, take a break, and spend a few minutes with some of the 2013 ACCC Innovator Award winners. From fresh perspectives on meeting new Commission on Cancer standards for patient navigation and survivorship care to process improvement initiatives, these innovators are sharing their creative, replicable approaches. View their short videos for a first-hand look at how these cancer programs made a measurable difference in providing care.
We hope you will be inspired by their innovations!
Catalyzing Patient-Centered Care to Exceed New Accreditation Standards
The George Washington University, GW Cancer Institute
The GW Cancer Institute developed a system-wide patient support program that helps to navigate patients through the cancer continuum. Lay navigators work in concert with a social worker and nurse navigators to guide patients from screening through treatment and into survivorship care, screening and supporting patients in high distress and providing nutrition services, counseling, and medication management. This program has been leveraged to create a Citywide Patient Navigation Network that connects primary care, tertiary care, and community-based organizations. In the last year, this network served 2,840 individuals in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Of those, 86% were minority populations and nearly 30% were uninsured.
Methodist Healthcare System, Methodist Cancer Center
San Antonio, Texas
Methodist Cancer Center developed a best practice process for rapid assessment and management of oncology patients with a low white blood cell count presenting to the emergency department. A multidisciplinary team at Methodist Cancer Center created the VIP Program, which includes a pathway for evaluation and treatment of oncology patients in the emergency department. A VIP Kit educates patients on when to report to the ED and improves coordination of care with community-based physicians. Data from June to August 2012 show that implementation of the VIP protocol has resulted in improvement in median time from presentation in the ED to delivery of antibiotic from 162 minutes for patients who did not receive the protocol to 108 minutes for those who did.
Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University
Helping cancer survivors maintain healthy diet and exercise routines can be a challenging component of a comprehensive survivorship plan. Winship Cancer Institute implemented its community-based “Winship at the Y” program through a creative partnership with a nationally recognized and highly accessible local community resource, the YMCA of Metro Atlanta’s evidence-based fitness program, THE COACH APPROACH©. In the first nine months of the program, almost 100 survivors and caregivers were referred for enrollment.
The Innovator Winners will present the details of their award-winning programs at the ACCC National Oncology Conference in Boston.