West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders (WMCC) has received reaccreditation from the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

QOPI certification, which lasts for three years, is awarded to outpatient hematology-oncology practices which meet the highest standards for quality and care delivery to cancer patients.  It is an objective, voluntary, comprehensive, on-site assessment process that uses evidence-based standards to make certain a practice meets all requirements.

“We’re very proud of this recertification from ASCO and QOPI which emphasizes our staff’s commitment to provide the highest level of care for our patients,” said Joseph Mirro, MD, WMCC CEO/CMO.

West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders has been QOPI certified since March 2010.

“This was a terrific team effort and could not have been done without the remarkable dedication and commitment of our entire staff, particularly our nurses, pharmacists, social workers, medical assistants and physicians,” said Bridget VandenBussche, WMCC Quality & Risk Manager.

“As oncologists, our goal is to provide the highest levels of care and life quality for our patients,” said Allen S. Lichter, MD, ASCO Chief Executive Officer.  “ASCO’s quality programs are designed by leaders in the profession, and give practices the ability to continuously improve the quality of care they provide. This culture of excellence will be especially important as we enter the era of personalized medicine.”

To become certified, practices have to submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards.  The staff and steering group members then verify through on-site inspection that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in all areas of treatment, including:

  • 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

WMCC’s QOPI certification runs through June 15, 2019.