TITUSVILLE, FLA. (April 20, 2018)—Parrish Medical Center (PMC) has extended its streak as the area’s
longest continually accredited cancer program by again earning certification
from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).
The PMC program, first accredited in 1989, is one of only two CoC-recognized
programs in Brevard County.
PMC’s already-accredited cancer treatment program expanded to even
broader patient care dimensions and services in 2016 when PMC and OMNI
Healthcare, Brevard’s only physician-owned and managed multispecialty
group, partnered in Titusville to open the Parrish Cancer Center.
To earn CoC accreditation—denoting quality assurance based on American
College of Surgeons’ standards—a cancer program must voluntarily
meet 34 CoC care quality standards, be evaluated every three years, and
maintain levels of excellence in patient-centered care.
George Mikitarian, PMC president and CEO, said that accreditation sends
to patients and families an important message about our commitment to
“They can have confidence – particularly in the demonstrated
excellence over three decades – in the objective measurement, accomplishment,
and results, of PMC’s cancer treatment program,” Mikitarian
said. “It’s all part of our PMC vision: healing families,
As members of a CoC-accredited program, PMC’s team treats cancer
in its various forms through the integrated care of surgeons, medical
and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and
other cancer specialists.
PMC, a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, also works with Mayo Clinic
to bring Brevard County the nation’s most advanced cancer care.
Parrish Cancer Center patients have access to the Mayo Clinic Care Network’s
information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling,
and patient-centered services. Among these are psycho-social support,
a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that improves
cancer survivors’ quality of life.
“The CoC Accreditation Program is the framework through which PMC
continuously improves its patient care quality,” said Edwin Loftin,
senior vice president of Integrated and Acute Care Services and chief
“Our focus on healing includes prevention, early diagnosis, cancer
staging, correct treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent
disease, and end-of-life care,” Loftin added. “The work, resources,
and cooperation among healthcare providers and organizations add up to
a better experience for patients and their families,” Loftin added.
As a CoC-accredited program, PMC maintains a cancer registry and contributes
data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC
and American Cancer Society. Data enables CoC-accredited cancer programs
like PMC’s to share information and improve quality.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.7 million cases
of cancer will be diagnosed in 2018. When cancer patients seek care locally
at a CoC-accredited cancer program, they have access to advanced cancer
care close to home. The CoC Hospital Locator provides the public with
information on CoC-accredited programs:
For more information about Parrish’s Cancer Program, visit parrishhealthcare.com/cancer,
or call the cancer care patient navigator at 321-268-6111, ext. 3544.