Elmhurst Hospital earns Quality Oncology Practice Initiative certification

April 18, 2019

Elmhurst Hospital has been recognized by the QOPI (Quality Oncology Practice Initiative) Certification Program, a subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), for successfully completing a three-year certification for oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for cancer care.

Healthcare practices that have achieved QOPI Certification have scored well on key QOPI quality measures and have met chemotherapy safety standards established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society in various areas of treatment and chemotherapy safety.

To become certified, QOPI Certification Program staff and committee members verify through an on-site survey that practices meet core standards, including:

  • Creating a safe environment—staffing, competencies and general policy
  • Treatment planning, patient consent and education
  • Ordering, preparing, dispensing and administering chemotherapy
  • Monitoring after chemotherapy is administered, including adherence, toxicity and complications
  • Treatment planning
  • Staff training and education
  • Chemotherapy orders and drug preparation
  • Patient consent and education
  • Safe chemotherapy administration
  • Monitoring and assessment of patient well-being

Elmhurst Hospital, part of the Edward-Elmhurst Health system, provides state-of-the-art cancer care at the Nancy W. Knowles Cancer Center. The cancer program is accredited by the ACS, CoC and National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers.

Cancer treatment at Elmhurst Hospital features multidisciplinary clinics, genetic testing, the latest clinical trials, and surgical options, including da Vinci robotic surgery.

Elmhurst Hospital cancer patients benefit from the expertise of medical and radiation oncologists who work closely with primary care physicians and surgeons to coordinate care and develop individualized treatment plans. Physicians are supported by oncology certified nurses, radiation therapists, nurse navigators, social workers, dietitians, chaplains and other healthcare providers.

For more information, visit www.eehealth.org/services/cancer.