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Northside Hospital First in Georgia to Earn The Joint Commission’s Quality Lung Cancer Care Certification

7/27/2016, Katherine Watson

Northside Hospital in Atlanta has earned The Joint Commission’s (TJC) Gold Seal of Approval® for Lung Cancer Disease Specific Care (DSC) Certification.  Northside is the first hospital in Georgia, and only the 6th hospital in the United States, to receive DSC Certification for Lung Cancer from TJC.


“This certification is a direct result of the unsurpassed expertise, hard work and commitment by the board-certified physicians, specially trained nurses and other health care professionals who make up Northside’s Lung Cancer Program,” said Patti Owen, MN, RN, director, Northside Hospital Cancer Institute.  “Lung cancer is one of the most frequently treated types of cancer at Northside and I am proud that our efforts to provide the best care possible have been recognized.”


The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care, according to TJC.  Northside received its two-year Lung Cancer DSC Certification after undergoing a voluntary and rigorous on-site evaluation, demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for lung cancer care.


As a Southeastern leader in the treatment of lung cancer, Northside offers a comprehensive continuum of care to treat the disease – from diagnosis to treatment, support and survivorship.  A multidisciplinary team of experts in thoracic surgery, medical and radiation oncology, pulmonology, radiology and pathology delivers extraordinary care, follow-ups and outcomes that empower Northside’s patients every step of their journey.


About The Joint Commission (

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission (TJC) seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.  TJC accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.  An independent, nonprofit organization, TJC is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.


About Northside Hospital (

The Northside Hospital health care system is an 852-bed, not-for-profit health care provider with more than 150 locations across Georgia, including three acute care, state-of-the-art hospitals in Atlanta, Cherokee County and Forsyth County.  Northside Hospital leads the U.S. in newborn deliveries, diagnoses and treats the most cancer cases in Georgia and performs the most robotic surgeries in Georgia. Ranked #4 on the U.S. News list of the Best Hospitals in Georgia and the only Georgia hospital on the Forbes list of America’s Best Employers, Northside has more than 2,500 physicians and 14,200 employees who serve nearly 2 million patient visits annually across a full range of medical services.

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