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Cancer program receives 5th consecutive accreditation



Baptist Health Paducah oncology program recently received its fifth consecutive three-year national accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

A reception at the Heart Center auditorium on Monday recognized the hospital’s cancer care, including the new oncology nurse navigator program and a donation to the new "Your Fight” Cancer Fund.

Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer means Baptist Health offers a full-service program with excellence in diagnostic and treatment-related services, cancer registry, patient support and community education and outreach. To maintain accreditation, facilities must undergo an on-site review every three years.

The cancer program’s history of outstanding achievement includes 25 years of Tumor Conferences, weekly meetings between physicians and other healthcare team members from various backgrounds to discuss individual cancer cases with the goal of healing.

Radiation oncologist Jeffrey Triplett, M.D., Cancer Committee chairman, said it is an honor for Baptist Health to receive this national achievement.

“I think this speaks volumes about the commitment of everyone involved in caring for cancer patients at Baptist Health,” Dr. Triplett said. “We have endeavored to provide the best care possible for all of our patients, and I feel that continued accreditation helps reaffirm our patients’ faith that, when they receive cancer treatment here at Baptist Health, they are receiving state-of-the-art treatment, second to none.”

Baptist Health is one of only three Kentucky hospitals with national accreditation for radiation oncology; and it has the area’s only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, a designation awarded by the American College of Radiology for accredited mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

“Your Fight” Cancer Fund

In addition, the Baptist Health Foundation Paducah announced the new “Your fight” Cancer Fund created by radiation therapy employees to enhance oncology services and provide assistance to cancer patients struggling financially.

MDRT (Million Dollar Round Table) Foundation representative Terri Holland presented a $2,000 check to the cancer fund on Monday. The donation will provide dental care for cancer patients with limited resources.

MDRT Foundation member Jeff Holland was instrumental in securing the donation through his volunteer work for Baptist Health. The MDRT Foundation’s mission is to give funds to worthwhile charitable organization throughout the world.

People interested in donating to the Your Fight cancer fund may contact the foundation at 270.575.2871.

Oncology Nurse Navigator

Also, oncology-certified nurse Terri Walters, R.N., was introduced as breast nurse navigator. Walters has worked 18 of her 30 years at Baptist Health in the oncology department.

The nurse navigator works with the medical team to guide the patient when plans for care and treatment are developed and initiated. The program provides the following services at no costs:

  • Help in understanding your diagnosis and the available treatment options.
  • Availability to discuss questions or symptoms that may arrive over the course of treatment and recovery.
  • Community resources for families.
  • Compassion, support and a listening ear to you and your family.

To contact the Oncology Nurse Navigator, phone 270.415.7631.