The Lung Cancer Alliance Names Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital a Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence

(CINCINNATI; April 28, 2016) – Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) has named Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital a Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. It joins Mercy Health – Anderson and Clermont Hospitals and The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health in earning the designation.

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 Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital as a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence. Fairfield Hospital’s commitment to practice responsible lung cancer screening will lead to advancements in research and many lives saved. They are an example to follow,” said LCA President and CEO, Laurie Fenton Ambrose.

“Fairfield Hospital dedicates itself to providing its patients with the highest quality care. Low dose CT screening has shown to be the only proven method to detect lung cancer at an early and treatable stage. We are thrilled to be part of this elite group, setting an example for responsible screening practices across the country,” said Gregory Colangelo, MD, Mercy Health Physician and pulmonary disease specialist.

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

Hospitals in this center of excellence network refer patients who still smoke to a tobacco cessation program and provide results of the screening scans to the patient or referring physician as appropriate in a timely manner.

In addition to offering smoking cessation classes and resources throughout Cincinnati, Mercy Health’s regional 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.

For more information about lung cancer screening, Fairfield Hospital’s Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence, smoking cessation or any other cancer-related question or concern, please call lung navigator Crystal Peters at 513-870-7000.