The lung screening program at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine has been designated as a National Screening Center for Excellence by a leading nonprofit health organization. The distinction by the Lung Cancer Alliance recognizes Siteman’s commitment to responsible, safe and high-quality patient screenings.
As a Center of Excellence, Siteman will continue to follow evidence-based lung screening guidelines to improve patient care and treatment.
“I am thrilled that our lung cancer screening program has been recognized as a National Screening Center for Excellence,” said Angela Knight, MSN, manager of support services at Siteman Cancer Center. “We hope that this designation further demonstrates our commitment to provide best-practice care to our patients and our community.”
Applying for the designation is voluntary, and designated cancer centers are re-evaluated every year. Among other efforts, they must:
- Provide patients clear information on the risks and benefits of lung screening, as determined by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the American College of Radiology
- Comply with accepted best practices related to screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures
- Refer smokers to smoking cessation programs
Anne Stilinovic, BSN, RN, and Ellen Brennan, BSN, RN, both lung screening navigators for Siteman, led the application process.