“Northside is currently one of five hospitals in the country that has received The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification for lung cancer and the only program that focuses on thoracic surgical care,” said Dr. Howard Silverboard, pulmonologist and physician lead for Northside’s Lung Cancer DSC program. “This recognition is a remarkable testament to the hard work and commitment of the entire lung cancer team, consisting of surgeons, pulmonologists, specialized nursing care, nurse navigators, respiratory therapists and rehabilitation therapists.”
Northside received its first two-year lung cancer DSC Certification after undergoing a voluntary and rigorous on-site evaluation in June 2016 and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for lung cancer care. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed. The hospital was recertified in June 2018.