Measuring Quality at Kennedy for Better Patient Outcomes
Performance measures are a way for the healthcare community and the staff at the Kennedy Cancer Center to assess the quality of care being provided to patients compared to national recognized standards. There are many quality measures from various sources but those endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF) have been established as among the best. An NQF endorsed quality measure reflects scientific and evidence based review, input from patients and their families, and people throughout the healthcare industry.
Below are six NQF established measures for quality care in breast, colon, and rectal cancer. You will see how Kennedy compares to other facilities in the State of NJ and across all of the United States.
Mammography is the key to early diagnosis of breast cancer. Kennedy’s mammography services are accredited by the American College of Radiology, which establishes national standards of excellence for both equipment and training of technologists and medical staff. Each Kennedy outpatient mammography suite features state-of-the-art equipment designed "by women for women" to maximize patient comfort while offering superior diagnostic images.
Kennedy Cancer Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC).
The graph below indicates breast cancer diagnosis resulting from routine mammograms with women in the age categories of 0-45 years of age. Seven percent of these women were diagnosed with cancer between 40-45 years of age. Of this population, 57 women (58% ) were diagnosed through routine mammogram.**
*All patients in this study were diagnosed and/or received one or more of their first course of treatment at Kennedy. Reported as of December 16th 2015