Mind, Body and Spirit

CHRISTUS Spohn Cancer Center earns national re-accreditation from the Commission on Cancer – the only cancer center in South Texas to receive the honor.

By: Steven Alford

When you think about nationally recognized cancer care, does South Texas come to mind? Corpus Christi residents need look no further than their own community to receive high-quality cancer care, close to home – and the Commission on Cancer (CoC) concurs. The CHRISTUS Spohn Cancer Center was recently re-accredited by the commission, the only South Texas cancer center to receive this honor.

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For the past 51 years, the CHRISTUS Spohn Cancer Center has been recognized by the CoC, which is bestowed upon only one in four cancer centers in the country. “We are honored to be recognized by a national authority on cancer care that holds facilities like ours to the highest standards,” said Tom Enright, executive director of the CHRISTUS Spohn Cancer Center.

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This spring, the CoC spent a full day touring the cancer center, making sure it meets the commission’s rigorous criteria. The CoC promotes accountable quality care through:

• Comprehensive standards that guide treatment and ensure patient-centered cancer care

• Unique reporting tools to benchmark performance and improve outcomes

• Educational interventions and targeted training opportunities

• And more

With six clinics located throughout the Coastal Bend, the CHRISTUS Spohn Cancer Center and its clinics are a place where oncologists and clinicians are passionate about their patients’ care. “This is an exciting team to be a part of,” said Dr. Shantan G. Reddy, a board-certified oncologist and the newest addition to the cancer center team. “We are on the cutting edge of providing cancer care in South Texas. There are many exciting new therapies and technologies being made available.”

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The CHRISTUS Spohn Cancer Center is the only one in the region to offer high-dose rate (HDR) therapy, which has been proven to provide a faster course of treatment while minimizing damage to healthy tissue.

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It also is the only facility in South Texas to offer the CyberKnife, which provides pain-free, nonsurgical outpatient radiation treatment of brain, colon, kidney, liver, lung, pancreatic and prostate cancers that might be inoperable.

But what sets the CHRISTUS Spohn cancer team apart is their commitment to healing patients in mind, body and spirit. Their patient-centered focus is at the heart of CHRISTUS Spohn’s mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. “We walk this journey with our patients and treat them as family,” Enright added. “There is not an average patient experience here. Each individual is special.”

To learn more about the CHRISTUS Spohn cancer program, please visit www.christusspohn.org/cancercenter.

About CHRISTUS Spohn Health System
CHRISTUS Spohn Health System is the region’s largest charity care provider and not-for-profit health care system consisting of six hospital campuses: CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi (Shoreline, Memorial and South), CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice, CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Beeville and CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Kleberg (Kingsville). The health system is consistently ranked a leading health system in the area, and it has received national recognition for several pioneering programs, including trauma, cardiac care, clinical excellence and oncology. For more than 100 years, CHRISTUS Spohn has been distinguished by its high-caliber staff and affiliated physicians, its comprehensive and innovative services and its long history of responding to the needs of the community it serves. For additional information, visit www.christusspohn.org.

Photos courtesy of Christus Spohn

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