OVMC and EORH Named Lung Screening Centers of Excellence

Hospitals are only the only centers in the region to receive distinction.

Thursday, February 12, 2015


Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital were named Screening Centers of Excellence for their ongoing commitment to quality, responsible lung cancer screenings. The hospitals are the first to receive this distinction locally while OVMC is one of only two hospitals in West Virginia identified as Screening Centers of Excellence.



According to the Lung Cancer Alliance, the hospitals' screenings for lung cancer are considered best practices because of their ability to find lung cancer early. This ability to identify lung cancer early is due to the hospitals' specialized technology utilized through low-dose radiation CT scan and a superDimension lung navigation system, which is the only procedure of its kind in the Ohio Valley. The lung navigation system procedure safely and efficiently saves lives each year because it goes beyond a bronchoscopy, which typically allows access only to the center of the lung, and enables the physician to navigate to other areas of the lungs to examine abnormalities. Similar to a GPS system in a car, the navigation system creates road maps of a patient's lungs based on their CT scans. The technology uses this map to guide the physician to any lung lesion for better diagnosis.



Additionally, the hospitals utilize the same screening procedures as The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University, which is affiliated with The Cancer Center at OVMC.



Lung cancer is responsible for the most cancer-related deaths than any other types of cancer in both men and women in the United States. Because lung cancer has no symptoms in its early states, more than 85 percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer are diagnosed in a late stage with little chance for a cure. With early detection through advanced systems, 85 percent of cancers can be found in the earliest, most curable stage. Ultimately, lung cancer screening has proven to reduce lung cancer deaths by 20 percent.



Designated Screening Centers of Excellence provide clear information based on current evidence on who is a candidate for lung cancer screening. OVMC and EORH were designated Screening Centers of Excellence because the hospitals complied with comprehensive standards based on best practices developed by professional bodies such as the American College of Radiology, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multidisciplinary setting.



“OVMC and EORH are dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality care,” said Dr. Nasir Khan, pathologist at OVMC and EORH. “Low dose CT screenings have shown to be the only proven method to detect lung cancer at an early and treatable state. We are thrilled to be part of this elite group, setting an example for responsible screening practices across the country.”



At both hospitals, a team of lung experts read patient scans to determine the next steps while a nurse navigator follows up on the patient's scan with a pulmonologist. Both hospitals offer smoking cessation counseling as well as individualized evaluations by a team of physicians with experience in all aspects of lung cancer.



“Our team of lung experts, along with our nurse navigators, has extensive experience in all aspects of lung cancer, and joined with our community education programs and smoking cessation counseling, they are able to help patients identify risk factors and to educate them on how to reduce their future risk for lung cancer.”



Accordingly, Laurie Fenton Ambrose, president and CEO of the Lung Cancer Alliance, believes OVMC and EORH's screening centers are an example for other hospitals to follow.



“We are proud and honored to be working with OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital as Lung Alliance Screening Centers of Excellence,” said Ambrose. “Their commitment to practice responsible lung cancer screening will lead to advancements in research and many lives saved.”