Willis-Knighton Health System Named Screening Center of Excellence

Sep 12, 2019

Joins More Than 680 Screening Centers Across the Country Following Best Practices Outlined by GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

Willis-Knighton Health System has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. Low dose CT screening for lung cancer carried out safely, efficiently and equitably can save tens of thousands of lives a year by finding lung cancer early when it is most treatable and even curable.

“We are thrilled to be part of this elite group, setting an example for responsible screening practices across the country,” says Vincent Sedminik, director of the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center. “Willis-Knighton Health System provides patients with the highest quality care. Low dose CT screening has shown to be the only proven method to detect lung cancer at an early and treatable stage.”

“We are proud and honored to be working with Willis-Knighton Health System as a GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence,” says Laurie Fenton Ambrose, GO2 Foundation co-founder, president and CEO.  “Their commitment to practice responsible lung cancer screening will lead to advancements in research and many lives saved. They are an example to follow.”

Designated Screening Centers of Excellence are committed to provide clear information on who is a candidate for lung cancer screening based on current evidence and to comply with comprehensive standards reflecting best practices developed by professional bodies such as the American College of Radiology (ACR), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP). Through established guidelines for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multi-disciplinary clinical setting, Screening Centers of Excellence are ensuring that lung cancer screening’s life-saving benefit transforms lung cancer care in their local community.

About Willis-Knighton Medical Center
Willis-Knighton Health System is a not-for-profit health system and the largest healthcare provider in northwest Louisiana. Willis-Knighton features three acute care hospitals in Shreveport and one in Bossier City as well as a rehabilitation hospital with physical and behavioral rehabilitation services. The health system also includes an extended care center, a skilled nursing center, five wellness centers and a master-planned community for senior adults with independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing. Willis-Knighton’s physician network is composed of more than 560 health providers. They are part of the health system’s nearly 8,000 employees, making Willis-Knighton the region’s largest private employer. 

About GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer
Founded by patients and survivors, GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer transforms survivorship as the world’s leading organization dedicated to saving, extending, and improving the lives of those vulnerable, at risk, and diagnosed with lung cancer. GO2 Foundation works to change the reality of living with lung cancer by ending stigma, increasing public and private research funding, and ensuring access to care.