Kirkland Cancer Center Receives Recognition for High-Quality Cancer Care

Posted on: 01.17.2018

Kirkland Cancer Center has been recognized by the QOPI® Certification Program (QCP™), an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO®), as successfully completing a three-year certification program for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care. QCP™ builds on ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®).

“We are thrilled to receive this certification from the QOPI® Certification Program, which reinforces our commitment to excellence for our patients at the Kirkland Cancer Center,” said Gina S. Myracle, Executive Director of the Alice and Carl Kirkland Cancer Center.

In applying for certification, Kirkland Cancer Center participated in a voluntary comprehensive site assessment against clearly specified standards that are consistent with national guidelines and was successful in meeting the standards and objectives of QCP™.

“ASCO’s QOPI Certification demonstrates an oncology practice’s dedication to providing high-quality care to patients with cancer,” said ASCO President Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO. “The certification process is rigorous and by successfully completing it, providers put into practice their commitment to QOPI® analyzes individual practice data and compares these to more than 160 evidence-based and consensus quality measures. The information is then provided in reports to participating practices. Individual practices also are able to compare their performance to data from other practices across the country. Based on this feedback, doctors and practices can identify areas for improvement.

To become QOPI® Certified, practices have to submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. The QCP™ staff and task force members then verify through an on-site survey that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in areas of treatment, including:

• Creating a safe environment—staffing, competencies, and general policy
• Treatment planning, patient consent, and education
• Ordering, preparing, dispensing, and administering chemotherapy
• Monitoring after chemotherapy is administered, including adherence, toxicity, and complications
• Treatment planning
• Staff training and education
• Chemotherapy orders and drug preparation
• Patient consent and education
• Safe chemotherapy administration
• Monitoring and assessment of patient well-being

QOPI and the QCP are projects dedicated to innovative quality improvement programs. For more information, please visit: 

About the Kirkland Cancer Center: 
The Alice and Carl Kirkland Cancer Center opened December 16, 2013 and is redefining the  healing process. The Kirkland Cancer Center includes state-of-the-art oncology treatment  processes and inviting areas for treatment that instill a sense of promise in everyone who visits.  As cancer medicine advances, we provide the best, safest options for our patients and also   participate in clinical trials to advance cancer treatment and cancer cure research. At the  Kirkland Cancer Center, healing starts here.

About West Tennessee Healthcare:
West Tennessee Healthcare is a public, not-for-profit healthcare system with locations throughout 17 counties in West Tennessee. The mission of West Tennessee Healthcare is to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve while providing exceptional and compassionate care. For more information, visit

About ASCO:
Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®) is committed to  making a world of difference in cancer care. As the world’s leading organization of its kind, ASCO  represents more than 40,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer.  Through research, education, and promotion of the highest-quality patient care, ASCO works to  conquer cancer and create a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is  healthy. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Learn  more at, explore patient education resources at www.Cancer.Net, and follow us  on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

About QOPI Certification Program LLC:
QOPI Certification Program LLC is an ASCO affiliate dedicated to recognizing exemplary  commitment to safety and quality in oncology patient care. Practices that have achieved QOPI®  Certification have scored well on key QOPI® quality measures and have met chemotherapy  safety standards established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society in various areas of  treatment and chemotherapy safety.