Seattle Children’s Hospital Awarded Accreditations from Commission of Cancer and ABRET

First standalone children’s hospital in Western United States to receive ABRET EEG Laboratories Accreditation

Seattle Children’s Hospital today announced it has earned accreditations from the Commission of Cancer (CoC) for its cancer program, and from The American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET) for its neurodiagnostic EEG laboratory, where abnormalities related to electrical activity of the brain are diagnosed. Both accreditations were awarded to recognize Children’s compliance with industry standards and commitment to providing high-quality patient care.

Children’s is the first standalone children’s hospital in the Western United States to be awarded the ABRET Accreditation for EEG Laboratories. The Hospital is among three in Washington state to be honored with this recognition.

Commission of Cancer Accreditation

The three-year CoC Accreditation was awarded to Seattle Children’s based on compliance with 36 standards spanning key areas such as early cancer diagnosis, cancer support services, and rehabilitation. For the patients and families of Seattle Children’s cancer program, the accreditation ensures a multidisciplinary team approach for coordination of the best available treatment options, and care that includes a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.

The CoC, a consortium of professional organizations whose objective is to improve survival and quality of life for cancer patients, was established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons. Its survey of Children’s took place in November 2010, auditing years 2007-2009, and the accreditation is valid through November 2013.

“Our all-inclusive team of pediatric cancer experts treat 230 children newly diagnosed with cancer every year, and provides follow-up care to more than 3,000 children and adolescents,” said Douglas Hawkins, MD, Associate Hematology/Oncology Division Chief at Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Our CoC accreditation provides further validation of Children’s commitment to provide the best quality care and support to our patients and their families.”

ABRET Accreditation for EEG Laboratories

ABRET - the national credentialing board for EEG technologists and other technologists serving the electroneurodiagnostic community – awarded Children’s their EEG Laboratory Accreditation based on technical excellence of the EEGs performed in the Hospital’s neurodiagnostic EEG laboratory. The accreditation means the laboratory has met strict standards and is to be recognized as a place where patients and physicians can have confidence they are receiving the best in EEG care and diagnostics.

Areas evaluated by ABRET for the accreditation included technical standards, the quality of the laboratory’s output, safety, and lab management issues.

“Our ABRET EEG Laboratory Accreditation is a testament to Children’s relentless effort to be the best pediatric hospital in the country,” said Sidney Gospe, MD, PhD, Neurology Division Chief at Seattle Children’s Hospital. “We are pleased to have been awarded the accreditation, as it underscores Children’s commitment to meeting and exceeding neurodiagnostic industry standards for patient care.”

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About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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