Medical City Plano April 29, 2016

Medical City Plano Earns STAR Program® Certification

Program offers cancer rehab and survivorship services

Medical City Plano has earned its STAR Program® Certification from the Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners, leading experts in the field of survivorship care. Medical City Plano is leading the way by offering excellent cancer rehabilitation services to its patients by becoming STAR Program Certified.

STAR Program Certification uniquely qualifies facilities like Medical City Plano to offer premium cancer rehabilitation and survivorship services to people who suffer from debilitating side effects caused by treatments.

To receive its Star certification, Medical City Plano implemented specialized training of clinicians that results in continuously improving patient care outcomes. The healthcare services offered by the STAR Program are covered by most insurance providers, including Medicare, and will be provided to patients by a knowledgeable and compassionate medical staff trained to work with survivors of all forms of cancer.

Specialty caregivers from a pool of disciplines -- including physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dieticians, mental health professionals, and others -- will work together with each patient on a personalized rehabilitation plan to increase strength and energy, alleviate pain, and improve daily function and quality of life.

“Our cancer patients are very special to us and have needs that extend beyond clinical treatment into survivorship,” said Charles Gressle, CEO at Medical City Plano. “The STAR Program® helps us meet these needs.”

STAR Program Certification provides hospitals and cancer centers with the tools needed to effectively implement high quality survivorship services.

About Medical City Plano

Medical City Plano this year celebrates 40 years of caring for residents of Collin and adjoining counties. It is a full-service, 493-bed, acute-care facility with more than 1,600 employees, and 1,000-plus physicians representing more than 70 specialties and subspecialties. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Medical City Plano is a Level II Trauma Center, a Comprehensive (Level I) Stroke Center, a Level III NICU, Collin County’s first Chest Pain Accredited hospital and the county’s first burn center. The hospital also holds Magnet designation for nursing excellence. MCP is part of Medical City Healthcare.

About the STAR Program

The STAR Program is a best practices multidisciplinary cancer rehabilitation service-line model that improves patient care. STAR Program Certification provides healthcare facilities and clinicians with the tools (education, training, evaluation and treatment protocols, and outcomes support) to develop and deliver state-of-the-art cancer rehabilitation services to survivors who suffer the side effects and after effects of treatments – whether they are in remission, living with cancer or cured. All of the services integrated in the STAR Program, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, mental health counseling, and consultations with rehabilitation medicine physicians (physiatrists), are typically covered by health insurance.