Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center (Western) in Goodyear announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Lung Cancer Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. CTCA® at Western is the first hospital in the Southwest and only the sixth hospital in the U.S. to receive this esteemed designation.

“Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with lung cancer,” said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. “We commend CTCA at Western for becoming a leader in lung cancer care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for lung cancer patients in its community.” CTCA at Western underwent a rigorous on-site review in August. A Joint Commission expert evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with lung cancer-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures were also assessed.

The Lung Center of Excellence at CTCA at Western is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art compassionate care to patients with lung cancer and to their families. CTCA at Western offers a multidisciplinary, interactive team approach for prevention and screening, while treating early and complex lung cancer through evidence based practice and research.

“We have consistently strived to provide the best care possible to our patients,” stated Mark Kharoufeh, RN, BSN, Assistant Vice President of Oncology Patient Services, CTCA at Western. “This certification provides a third-party validation of our high-quality, consistent approach to patient care, treatment and services provided at our hospital.”