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Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital attains Surgical Quality Partner status from the American College of Surgeons

Published: June 5, 2024

Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital, home to the only accredited cancer program in western Iowa, now joins a list of prestigious hospitals across the country in being named an American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgical Quality Partner. This, after maintaining accreditation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) for more than three decades and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) for more than a decade.

Receiving ACS Surgical Quality Partner status signifies dedication to consistently improving surgical procedures and approaches while maintaining a critical eye on process.

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“This designation isn’t solely about Jennie Edmundson’s dedication to successful surgical outcomes,” said Pat Ahrens, MD, surgeon and vice president of medical affairs for Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital. “It further reinforces our commitment to the overall health and well-being of every patient that entrusts us with their cancer care. It illustrates our adherence to the highest standards as well as our commitment to The Meaning of Care.” 

"ACS Quality programs are grounded in more than a century of experience, and participation is an important measure of a hospital’s surgical quality,” said ACS Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS. “As an ACS Surgical Quality Partner, Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital has shown a commitment to providing the best possible patient care, thoroughly evaluating that care and dedicating themselves to continuous self-improvement.”

To maintain CoC and NAPBC accreditation, cancer programs must undergo a site visit every three years and pass a rigorous evaluation and performance review while complying with CoC and NAPBC standards. These standards supply the structure for providing all patients with a full range of diagnostic, treatment and support services on-site or by referral.

Learn more about the CoC and NAPBC accreditation programs. 

About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 88,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. “FACS” designates that a surgeon is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.