How to Become a Center of Excellence

coe-sealThe community hospital Center of Excellence (COE) program is rooted in the belief that the best way to treat lung cancer is by providing coordinated, multidisciplinary care with the expertise of a nurse navigator. Approximately 80% of cancer patients seek treatment through their local, community hospitals. By forming a nationwide network, the Centers of Excellence program can ensure that lung cancer patients are receiving the highest quality of care close to home. The COE program currently reaches thousands of patients across the country and is continuing to grow and have impact. There is no fee or cost involved in becoming a COE as these programs and resources are funded by the generous donors of ALCF and through ALCF fundraising efforts.

As a member of the COE program, ALCF partners with your hospital to provide patient education and support services directly to your staff and patient community. The COE program helps your multidisciplinary team have even more reach and impact. By becoming a member of the COE program your team will have access to:

  • Patient education handbooks for all your patients (co-branded books now available!)
  • ALCF patient education and support resources including Lung Cancer Living Room, patient navigator, patient registry, CME, as well as research/clinical study opportunities
  • Events that drive awareness and build community
  • Best practices and shared learnings from COE members
  • Collaboration opportunities at leading congresses and other professional meetings
  • COE Impact Study to identify opportunities for quality improvements and comparative analysis of key performance indicators and metrics

Thinking about becoming a COE?

ALCF identifies hospitals that meet rigorous qualifying criteria and works closely with COE hospital staff to ensure the highest quality of care with a patient-centric approach. This multidisciplinary care model includes screening, molecular testing, non-invasive biopsy and surgical techniques, access to new therapies and clinical trials, and patient education and support.

How to Apply
Arrange an introductory conversation with [email protected] to walk through the process of becoming a COE which will include the following:

  • Review and discussion of the Qualifying Criteria Worksheet
  • Review the COE partnership agreement and expectations
  • Review the annual COE Impact Study to familiarize yourself with the types of data and metrics we collect from COEs
  • Schedule a site visit with our team

We are a COE, now what?
Onboarding! COE Onboarding includes the following:

  • Mapping out your partnership and engagement plan based on your patient/community needs
  • Patient services overview
  • Lung Cancer Registry overview
  • COE Impact Study overview
  • Introduction to ALCF events planning team to explore local/regional community awareness events