The purpose of Medical City Arlington’s (MCA) Community Needs Assessment is to identify trends and needs related to oncology care within the Tarrant County population. Although our focus is to identify specific oncology trends, we also evaluate health disparities and barriers to care in oncology patients. By identifying specific oncology trends within Tarrant County, we can implement actions to address the needs of the community. We hope to promote awareness & prevention, early detection, and early interventions, which will lead to better patient outcomes, decrease in new cancer diagnosis and a decrease in mortality rates.
Information for the Community Needs Assessment was gathered from various data analysis sources. The sources include Texas Cancer Registry, United States Census Bureau, The Centers for Disease Control, American Cancer Society, Tarrant County Community Needs Assessment, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Association of Counties and Community Action Partnership.
Currently, Medical City Arlington Oncology Services include:
- Arlington's only Accredited Program designated by the American College of Surgeons
- Dedicated Oncology Unit with Oncology Resource Room
- Compassionate care provided by Certified Oncology Nurses
- A Women’s Oncology Navigator and a General Oncology Navigator on campus to help facilitate the continuum of cancer care
- Bi-Monthly multi-disciplinary Tumor Conferences that plans and reviews oncology treatments among surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, nurses and oncologists
- Diagnostic, Therapeutic, and Surgical Interventions
- Free cancer screenings held throughout the year (Mammography and Skin Screenings)
- As a commitment to help round out its Oncology Services Medical City Arlington has been providing digital mammography services since in 2010
- Monthly Breast Cancer Support Group Meetings
- American Cancer Society Partnership and Affiliation with National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)
- Reach for Recovery Program
- Community Outreach Program
- Interdisciplinary Support (Rehabilitation Services, Nutritional Services, Case Management/Social Services, and Chaplain Support
- Free/Reduced Skin Cancer screenings and Breast Cancer Screening events
In 2014, the top 5 Cancers in Tarrant County were: Breast, Lung, Prostate, Colon/Rectal and Melanoma. MCA will be focusing on these Cancers to increase community awareness, prevention, screening and improve the health and quality of life for those affected.
Each year, the MCA Cancer Committee establishes, implements, and monitors at least 1 clinical and at least 1 programmatic goal for the endeavors related to cancer care. Each goal is evaluated at least twice annually. The evaluation is documented in Cancer Committee minutes.