Lung Cancer Alliance Recognizes Englewood Hospital and Medical Center as a Screening Center of Excellence
 
Lung Cancer Alliance Recognizes Englewood Hospital and Medical Center as a Screening Center of Excellence
 

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (EHMC) has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening.

Low-dose CT screening for lung cancer saves tens of thousands of lives a year, according to the Lung Cancer Alliance. To ensure that screening is carried out safely, efficiently, and equitably, patients need to be assessed by their physician for eligibility and must engage in counseling and a shared decision-making visit. Designation as a Screening Center of Excellence demonstrates that Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is committed to providing clear information, based on current evidence, on which patients are a candidate for lung cancer screening and compliance with comprehensive standards developed by premier professional organizations for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multidisciplinary clinical setting.

Commitment to Patient Safety and Quality

“Since we began performing low-dose CT scans for lung cancer in 2014, we have screened more than 600 at-risk smokers and former smokers. Six cancers were diagnosed,” said Mark Shapiro, MD, chief of radiology at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. “Prior to the introduction of this important tool, physicians had little to offer for the early detection of lung cancer. The demonstrated value in this screening, however, entails adhering to evidence-based criteria and guidelines. Earning this designation is a reflection of the commitment to patient safety and quality of every member of our team.”

“We are proud and honored to be working with Englewood Hospital and Medical Center as a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence,” said Laurie Fenton Ambrose, president and CEO of the Lung Cancer Alliance. “Their commitment to practice responsible lung cancer screening will lead to advancements in research and many lives saved. They are an example to follow.”

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is a leading provider of high-quality, comprehensive, and humanistic care serving northern New Jersey and beyond. The community teaching hospital, located in Englewood, New Jersey, is nationally recognized for cardiac surgery and cardiac care, breast imaging and cancer care, spine surgery, orthopedic surgery, and maternity care, and is an international leader in patient blood management and bloodless surgery. Other areas of excellence include diagnostic imaging, offering a 3T MRI machine, a hybrid operating room, and other state-of-the-art technology. Consistently earning high marks for clinical excellence and patient safety, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is a “Best Regional Hospital” according to US News & World Report (2016-2017).

EHMC Earns Safety Grade "A"

Eleven consecutive times since 2012, the hospital has earned a Safety Grade “A” by Leapfrog, a record of achievement maintained by only three hospitals in New Jersey. In 2016, the medical center earned its fourth consecutive designation since 2002 by the Magnet Recognition Program® for excellence in nursing. Nationally, only seven percent of hospitals have achieved Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is an affiliate of Hackensack Meridian Health and offers training programs for students and professionals, including an internal medicine residency program.

Fully Accredited Hospital

Founded in 1890 as a 12-bed facility, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is today a fully accredited hospital with 352 beds. Through an ongoing campus modernization project, a growing and comprehensive physician network, and a strategic focus on outpatient services and population health management, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center continually innovates and adapts in order to meet the needs of the community it serves and remain on the forefront of high-quality care.

LCA Dedicated to Saving Lives

Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and advancing research by empowering people living with or at risk for lung cancer. LCA provides live, professional support, referral and information services to patients, their loved ones and those at risk for lung cancer; conducts national awareness campaigns, including the award winning No One Deserves to Die Campaign attacking the stigma of the disease and the Moments Campaign, spreading word about the risk and screening with a risk navigator tool for consumers; and advocates for multiple millions in public health dollars for lung cancer research.

Lung Cancer Alliance launched the National Framework for Excellence in Lung Cancer Screening and Continuum of Care in 2012 and now have over 400 sites committed to the guidelines. The National Framework lays out a bill of rights for the at-risk public and guiding principles for lung cancer screening sites. For more information, visit www.lungcanceralliance.org