Quality & Outcomes
The ultimate measure of a hospital's cancer care quality is reflected in its patient outcomes, and the Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute's outcomes are superior when compared with national benchmarks. At MMC Cancer Institute we believe that optimal patient outcomes are achieved through our multidisciplinary team approach to diagnosis, staging and treatment.
A team of specialists meets on a regular basis to review and discuss individual cases. The teams include physician specialists from medical oncology, surgery, radiation therapy, radiology, and pathology, as well as clinical patient navigators, research nurses, dietitians, social workers, palliative care specialists, and other members of the care team. A team approach to cancer care can reduce mortality and improve patients' quality of life through timely diagnosis, staging, and treatment.
There is also a wealth of evidence linking higher volume to better patient outcomes. MMC Cancer Institute cares for more patients diagnosed with cancer, including some of the most difficult cases in the state, than any other hospital in Maine.
The success of our programs is also measured by patient satisfaction. Patient feedback is solicited regularly to ensure that we are providing high quality care, and to provide us with opportunities for quality improvement.
Volume & Benchmarking