Quality, Multidisciplinary Approach Lead to National Recognition
Orlando Health Cancer Institute has earned a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.
“Accreditation from NAPRC is granted only to those programs that are committed to providing the best care to patients with rectal cancer,” said Patrick Kelly, MD, rectal cancer program director at Orlando Health Cancer Institute. “Around the country, there are fewer than 50 cancer treatment centers that can say they have NAPRC accreditation so we’re very proud to be among a select group of specialists in our field.”
Achieving NAPRC accreditation requires compliance with the high standards set forth by NAPRC, which sets top benchmarks for cancer care in quality, systemwide team collaboration, and excellence in patient outcomes. Orlando Health Cancer Institute, in collaboration with the Colon & Rectal Clinic of Orlando, earned accreditation for the expert care its rectal cancer specialists provide in surgery, pathology, radiology, radiation oncology and medical oncology. The Cancer Institute’s team approach ensures the treatment plan for every rectal cancer patient is developed by and based on the opinions of its expert physicians.
Additionally, Orlando Health Cancer Institute met standards addressing the clinical services that the rectal cancer program provides, including carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA testing), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computerized tomography (CT) imaging for cancer staging which allow patients to start treatment within a defined timeframe. Rectal cancer programs accredited by the NAPRC undergo a site visit every three years and are also accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
“We are honored to receive this very prestigious national recognition,” said Margo Shoup, MD, president of Orlando Health Cancer Institute. “It highlights the extraordinary care that our world-class team of physicians provides for patients in Central Florida.”