Lung Cancer Alliance Names Mercy Health - Anderson and Clermont Hospitals Screening Centers of Excellence

(CINCINNATI; July 6, 2015) – Mercy Health, which provides advanced, quality care with compassion in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that the Lung Cancer Alliance has named Mercy Health – Anderson and Clermont Hospitals Screening Centers of Excellence for their ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. They join more than 300 screening centers across the country following best practices outlined by Lung Cancer Alliance.

Low dose CT screening for lung cancer carried out safely, efficiently and equitably saves tens of thousands of lives a year.

“We are proud and honored to be working with Anderson and Clermont Hospitals as Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Centers of Excellence. Their commitment to practice responsible lung cancer screening will lead to advancements in research and save many lives. They are an example to follow,” says LCA President and CEO, Laurie Fenton Ambrose.

Designated Screening Centers of Excellence are committed to:
• providing clear information based on current evidence on who is a candidate for lung cancer screening
• complying with comprehensive standards based on best practices developed by professional bodies such as the American College of Radiology, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multi-disciplinary clinical setting

“Mercy Health is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality care, including early detection of serious illnesses like lung cancer, which can save lives. Low dose CT screening is the only proven method to detect lung cancer at an early and treatable stage. We are pleased to be part of this elite group, which is setting an example for responsible screening practices across the country,” says Mercy Health Physician David Dortin, DO.

In addition to offering smoking cessation classes and resources, Mercy Health’s lung cancer screening and pulmonary care program aligns with the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommendation that persons at risk for lung cancer receive low dose CT screening for early detection of lung cancer and prevention of lung cancer deaths.