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Published on June 13, 2013

Rush Copley Earns National Accreditation with Commendation
from the Commission on Cancer

Aurora, IL – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the cancer care program at Rush Copley Medical Center.   To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. 

“This designation is an important recognition for Rush-Copley.” said Kaushik Patel, M.D., Medical Director of Rush-Copley’s Cancer Care Center.  “It exemplifies Rush-Copley’s commitment to providing the best in cancer diagnosis, advanced treatment and care to our community.”

The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Rush Copley 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 end-of-life care. 

Connecting the Fox Valley to Academic Medicine

Rush Copley is a strategic collaborator for cancer care with Rush University Medical Center.  Rush University’s Cancer Center comprises all of the cancer-related clinical, research and educational efforts at Rush, crossing 20 departments, divisions and sections; inpatient and outpatient areas; professional clinical activities; and the colleges of Rush University.  The collaboration between Rush Copley Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center includes cancer patient conferences that are designed to improve care by allowing physicians from both organizations to consult one another on cases via real-time, state-of-the-art teleconferencing that includes patient pathology and imaging.

Physicians from both hospitals have the opportunity to present cases each week in up to as many as 11 different cancer subspecialties. The patient’s pathology specimens and imaging are viewed simultaneously by all attending the conference and details about the patient’s medical history, current condition, and prognosis along with treatment options are fully discussed.

The conferences currently cover:

  • Digestive
  • Lung
  • Hematologic/blood disorders including leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes and lymphoma.
  • Other cancer subspecialties that are planned to be phased in to the conferences include breast, brain tumor, gynecologic, head and neck cancers.

Rush Copley is pleased to be able to offer patients this direct connection to one of the country’s top academic medical centers. Learn more about cancer care at Rush-Copley

About CoC

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 Rush-Copley

Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, IL, is a 210-bed hospital providing health and wellness services to the greater Fox Valley community. Nearly 500 physicians and 2,000 clinical and professional staff members provide advanced medicine and extraordinary care to patients.  Rush Copley is a member of the Rush-System for Health.

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