Becker’s Hospital Review recently released its list of 100 hospitals and health systems with great oncology programs and Ascension Via Christi once again was chosen for inclusion in this elite group for a third year in a row.
According to Becker’s, the list includes hospitals and health systems at the forefront of cancer treatment and research—ones “that have invested in growing oncology departments and regional cancer centers, providing an important service to patients locally and nationally.”
Becker’s announcement comes on the heels of Wichita NCORP, housed and managed by Via Christi Oncology Services, receiving a Platinum Certificate of Excellence for patient enrollment in National Cancer Institute treatment and cancer control trials.
The Wichita NCORP was one of only 10 nationwide to receive platinum recognition at the NCI’s annual National Community Oncology Research Program meeting in Bethesda, Maryland.
“The quality of cancer care in Wichita rivals that of the care provided anywhere else in the nation,” says oncologist Shaker Dakhil, MD, of Cancer Center of Kansas, who serves as medical director for Oncology Services at Via Christi.
Via Christi has one of the best dedicated medical oncology units staffed with dedicated hospitalists, which is very unusual, and a great bone marrow transplant program, Dr. Dakhil added.
“So while we are grateful for these awards and recognitions, we are not surprised,” he said.
The NCI award was based on the number of patient participants between August 2017 through June 2018. During that period, 345 patients enrolled in clinical trials, bringing total enrollment in clinical trials through the Wichita NCORP and its predecessor, the Wichita CCOP, to approximately 18,250 over the past 35 years.
“NCORPs were created to bring cancer clinical trials to the communities so that patients wouldn’t have to travel to large urban centers to receive the most promising treatments for their disease,” says Tracey Organ, the registered nurse who manages Wichita NCORP. “It’s gratifying to be recognized for the work we do here in Wichita and throughout the state.”
Keisha Humphries, RN, administrator for Via Christi Oncology Services, says the two recognitions are a testament to Via Christi’s commitment to and investment in a patient- and family-focused integrated system of cancer care and survivorship.
“By listening to the needs of patients and their families, physicians, and bedside and outpatient caregivers, we’ve created a cancer care network of support unrivaled in our area,” says Humphries.