New Orleans, LA – Ochsner Health System today proudly announced two national re-accreditations by the American College of Surgeons. The Ochsner Cancer Institute again received three year accreditation by the Commission on Cancer and Ochsner’s Lieselotte Tansey Breast Center again was granted three year full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

"Our re-accreditations are a testament to our multidisciplinary approach, which includes the collaboration of our medical, surgical and radiation oncology teams as well as numerous ancillary services," said Richard Guthrie, MD, Ochsner Regional Medical Director - New Orleans. "I am extremely proud of the effort made by each member of our staff who work together every day to achieve the best outcomes for our patients.”

Ochsner Earns National Accreditation from Commission on Cancer

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted three-year accreditation to the cancer program at Ochsner 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.

Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, Ochsner Medical Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.

When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home.

Tansey Breast Center Re-Accredited by National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

The Lieselotte Tansey Breast Center at Ochsner Medical Center has again been granted a three year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. The Tansey Breast Center is the only breast cancer program in New Orleans accredited by the NAPBC.

During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease including components of care such as genetic evaluation and management, interdisciplinary conferencing, education and rehabilitation and a survivorship program.

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
  • A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Quality breast care close to home

Ochsner Cancer Programs Provide Multidisciplinary Care Across Southeast Louisiana

The Ochsner Cancer Institute is the largest system in the Gulf South region to truly provide multidisciplinary care for adult and pediatric cancer patients, who benefit from a collaborative approach to cancer care by a highly skilled team of physicians, oncology nurses, social workers, researchers, and other health care professionals. Cancer patients receive their care in the state-of-the-art Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center which provides a relaxing atmosphere overlooking the Mississippi River. In 2012 alone, Ochsner diagnosed and treated nearly 3,200 patients.

Through the Ochsner Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP), patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical research trials from multiple collaborative groups. In fact, Ochsner is currently the largest clinical research program in oncology in the New Orleans region, providing access to trials at our Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, Covington and Baptist sites with plans to expand into our other locations in the future.

The Ochsner Cancer Institute was recognized by U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Hospitals” awards in 2012 and named one of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs by Becker’s Hospital Review. Additionally, the radiation oncology program at Ochsner is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

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About Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system with eight hospitals and 38 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 17 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across 11 specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 13,000 employees, over 850 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About the Commission on Cancer
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 the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care. For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit

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