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Vidant Health hospitals earn accreditation and re-accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

December 13, 2019 posted by Vidant Health News

In the news: Coastland Times, The Daily Reflector

Greenville, N.C. – The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) focused on quality, has granted Three-Year Accreditation to the cancer program at the Marian L. Shepard Cancer Center at Vidant Beaufort as well as re-accreditation to The Outer Banks Hospital and re-accreditation as an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program to Vidant Medical Center (VMC).

To earn this recognition, a cancer program must meet several quality care standards, be evaluated periodically and maintain excellence in the delivery of patient-centered care. 

“We are proud of the team members at Vidant Beaufort, The Outer Banks Hospital and Vidant Medical Center for their tireless work to care for those battling cancer,” said Todd Hickey, chief clinical network development officer for Vidant Health. “Their efforts have been instrumental in bringing high-quality cancer care to our region.”

The CoC Accreditation Program provides a framework for the cancer programs at Vidant Beaufort, The Outer Banks Hospital and VMC to improve quality of care through various cancer-related programs focusing on prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care.

“We continuously strive to provide the best cancer care as close to home as possible for our patients and their care-givers,” said Dr. Emmanuel Zervos, executive director of Vidant Cancer Care and professor, Division of Surgical Oncology at ECU Brody School of Medicine. “Through our nine-hospital network, Vidant Cancer Care is uniquely aligned to do this throughout eastern North Carolina. Recognition of our efforts by the American College of Surgeons through these accreditations exemplifies our commitment to the communities and patients we serve.”

When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services including psycho-social 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.  

Media contact: Brian Wudkwych, 252-214-0782 or


About the Commission on Cancer
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care.  Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons.  For more information, visit:

About Vidant Health
Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,708-bed health system that annually serves a region of more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of more than 14,000 team members, nine hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 550 providers in more than 100 practice sites in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of Eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit  

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