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Diana J. White Cancer Institute is QOPI Certified

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Nearly 500 community members and Adventist Health Sonora staff attended the ribbon-cutting celebration at the new Health Pavilion and Diana J. White Cancer Institute, which was held on April 30 in honor of the birthdate of the late Diana J. White. Members of the White family traveled from across the country to attend. The Cancer Institute was named in honor of Diana J. White at the request of her husband, George White, who left their entire estate worth more than $3 million to help Adventist Health Sonora provide world-class cancer care to the community. The Health Pavilion and Diana J. White Cancer Institute is ready to open but awaits assessment by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Adventist Health Sonora President Michelle Fuentes announced that the Cancer Institute has been certified by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®).

The QOPI® Certification Program (QCP™), an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO®), recognized Adventist Health Sonora for successfully completing a three-year certification program for outpatient hematology-oncology practices and meeting nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care.

Practices receive QOPI® certification based on their full compliance with the QOPI® certification standards as assessed during an on-site survey. Adventist Health Sonora Cancer Center, now known as the Diana J. White Cancer Institute, was surveyed in November 2017 and received notification of full compliance with 20 safety standards in February. This recognition of quality puts the Diana J. White Cancer Institute into an elite group of only 14 cancer centers in California.

“We couldn’t be more proud to receive this certification as we prepare to open the Diana J. White Cancer Institute,” Fuentes said. “The oncology staff has worked hard to develop a program that delivers the highest quality care for cancer patients in our community. As they move into their new, state-of-the-art Cancer Institute, they will be even better equipped to provide this level of care for their patients.”

In applying for certification, Adventist Health Sonora participated in a voluntary comprehensive site assessment against clearly specified standards that are consistent with national guidelines and was successful in meeting the standards and objectives of QCP™.

“ASCO’s QOPI Certification demonstrates an oncology practice’s dedication to providing high-quality care to patients with cancer,” said ASCO President Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO. “The certification process is rigorous and by successfully completing it, providers put into practice their commitment to quality and safety excellence and continuous optimization of their processes.” QOPI® is a voluntary self-assessment and improvement program launched by ASCO in 2006 to help hematology-oncology and medical oncology practices assess the quality of the care they provide to patients. Through the QOPI® program, practices abstract data from patients’ records up to twice per year and enter this information into a secure database. More than 900 oncology practices have registered for the QOPI® program.

The QOPI® Certification Program was launched in January 2010, and more than 290 practices are currently certified. This certification for outpatient oncology practices is the first program of its kind for oncology in the United States and in 2016 was expanded internationally. The QCP™ seal designates those practices that successfully met the standards and objectives of the QOPI® Certification Program, which includes scoring above the threshold on the key QOPI® quality measures and meeting chemotherapy safety standards established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society.

QOPI® analyzes individual practice data and compares these to more than 160 evidence-based and consensus quality measures. The information is then provided in reports to participating practices. Individual practices also are able to compare their performance to data from other practices across the country. Based on this feedback, doctors and practices can identify areas for improvement.

To become QOPI® Certified, practices have to submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. The QCP™ staff and task force members then verify through an on-site survey that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in areas of treatment, 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.

QOPI and the QCP are projects dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs. For more information, please visit: http://www.instituteforquality.org/qopi-qcp.

More information about the Diana J. White Cancer Institute is available by calling (209) 536-5155.

About ASCO:
Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®) is committed to making a world of difference in cancer care. As the world’s leading organization of its kind, ASCO represents more than 40,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Through research, education, and promotion of the highest-quality patient care, ASCO works to conquer cancer and create a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is healthy. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Learn more at www.ASCO.org, explore patient education resources at www.Cancer.Net, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

About QOPI Certification Program LLC 
QOPI Certification Program LLC is an ASCO affiliate dedicated to recognizing exemplary commitment to safety and quality in oncology patient care. 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.