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Cancer Program Accreditation

The Cancer Programs at University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital (UM HMH) and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UM UCMC) have both received accreditation from the American College of Surgeons.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC) Approvals Program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs. These programs are concerned with prevention, early diagnosis, pretreatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support services, and end-of-life care.

Recognizing that cancer is a complex group of diseases, the CoC Cancer Program Standards promote consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. The availability of a full range of medical services along with a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care at approved cancer programs has resulted in approximately 75 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients being treated in CoC-Approved Cancer Programs.

UM UCMC Recognized as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program (COMP)

To achieve this recognition, a facility must have:

  • 650 or more newly diagnosed cancer cases each year;
  • Provide a full range of diagnostic and treatment services that are available on site or by referral;
  • Members of the medical staff are board certified in the major medical specialties, including oncology where available;
  • Participation in clinical research is required.

UM HMH Recognized as a Community Hospital Cancer Program (CHCP)

To achieve this recognition, a facility must have:

  • Between 100 and 649 newly diagnosed cancer cases each year;
  • Provide a full range of diagnostic and treatment services, but referral for a portion of treatment is common;
  • Members of the medical staff are board certified in the major medical specialties.

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