Smilow Cancer Hospital receives QOPI® Certification

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

New Haven, CT (November 3, 2015) – Yale New Haven Health System announced today that the Smilow Cancer Hospital has achieved QOPI® Certification. Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) status reflects a commitment to quality of care that leads to fundamental changes in the clinical practice of oncology.

"Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven is committed to achieving and maintaining the highest quality standards possible so we can offer our patients the best in treatment and care," said Peter G. Schulam, MD, PhD director Yale Cancer Center and physician-in-chief of Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven (Interim). "QOPI certification means we are holding ourselves to the most stringent of quality measures."

QOPI, a program of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, is a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices. The initiative is intended to reduce the risk of errors when providing cancer patients with chemotherapy and to provide a framework for best practices in cancer care. QOPI collects and analyzes data from certified practices, and compares the data using more than 160 evidence-based and consensus quality measures. The information is then provided to participating practices, which can compare their performance to data from across the country to help identify potential areas for continued quality improvement.

Yale New Haven Hospital is a nationally recognized, 1,541-bed, not-for-profit hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Yale School of Medicine. Yale New Haven was founded as the fourth voluntary hospital in the U.S. in 1826. Today, the hospital's two New Haven-based inpatient campuses include Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital. YNHH has a combined medical staff of about 4,500 university and community physicians practicing in more than 100 specialties. YNHH's York Street campus and associated ambulatory sites are Magnet-designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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