The G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center received Gold Certification, the highest possible level, for timely and complete reporting of data to the Mississippi Cancer Registry.
"This recognition is a great honor for our staff," said Dr. Kent Kirchner, Chief of Staff at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center. "We take our responsibility of reporting this information very seriously and believe it is important to providing care to the Veterans we serve as well as the greater health care community."
The certification, based on the North America Association of Central Cancer Registries, recognizes hospitals with Gold Certification that have submitted at least 95 percent of expected volume of cancer cases diagnosed and/or receiving first course to treatment.
Each year, more than 13,000 Mississippians are diagnosed with cancer. This registry information is carefully collected and maintained in a confidential database.
"With accurate knowledge of cancer type, incidence, and treatment, health care providers can better serve Mississippians by: anticipating future treatment and recovery needs, developing programs to detect cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage of disease and activating prevention programs to reduce the occurrence of the disease," according to the Mississippi Cancer Registry. "These data may provide the research stimulus to find a cure for cancer."