Integrated Network Cancer Program CoC
St. Luke's earned national Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation as an
Integrated Network Cancer Program (INCP) from the Commission on Cancer of the
American College of Surgeons (CoC). This prestigious recognition followed a
rigorous survey. St. Luke’s became one of only two health care networks in the
state of Pennsylvania to receive this distinction and one of only 51 health
care networks nationwide.
- To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed
34 CoC quality standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process
and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered
care. The Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility
that exceeds standard requirements at the time of the triennial survey.
- Prior to being named an Integrated Network Cancer Program, St. Luke's was the
first and only Comprehensive Community Cancer Program in Pennsylvania to earn the
CoC's highest quality recognition, the Outstanding Achievement Award, for three
consecutive terms (2004, 2007,2010) and the only Pennsylvania program to receive
the award in 2010.
- To be considered an INCP, an organization must have multiple facilities providing
integrated cancer care and comprehensive services. All facilities that are part of
the network must be CoC-accredited cancer programs. Each entity of the INCP meets
performance expectations of quality measures and participates in cancer-related
- The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for St. Luke's to improve
its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on
the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging,
optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and
- When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information
on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services
including psychosocial support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care
plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors'
quality of life.
To make an appointment with a St. Luke’s Cancer expert or for a second opinion, call 484-503-HOPE (4673)
to speak with a HOPE Line representative. Toll-free, call St. Luke’s InfoLink at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537).