Mercy Cancer Center was recently presented with the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Mercy Medical Center is one of a select group of only 32 U.S. health care facilities with accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for surveys performed last year. The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The 32 award-winning cancer care programs represent approximately seven percent of programs surveyed by the CoC in 2017.
More impressively, this is the fourth consecutive time the honor has been bestowed on Mercy Cancer Center since 2008. Very few cancers centers nationally have ever achieved this status, which puts Mercy Cancer Center in a very elite class.
“These cancer programs currently represent the best of the best when it comes to cancer care,” said Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, FACP, Chair of the CoC. “Each of these facilities is not just meeting nationally recognized standards for the delivery of quality cancer care, they are exceeding them,” Schulman added.
Programs are evaluated on 34 cancer program standards, and award recipients must receive commendation for all critical standards in addition to being fully compliant with all other standards. CoC surveys are rigorous evaluations that critique comprehensive patient services, quality metrics and outcomes, physician and staff expertise, technology and community outreach.
“Patients want to know that their cancer center provides the most current and best treatment to combat their cancer,” said Edward J. Walsh, MD, medical director of Mercy Cancer Center. “People deserve the best quality of care and outcome from their treatment. The designation of the Outstanding Achievement Award is validation of the exceptional cancer care provided at Mercy Cancer Center.”
“We are truly excited about receiving this special designation for the fourth consecutive time,” said Karen Coughlin, administrative director of Mercy Cancer Center. “It is so much more than just another merit badge to us. This award reflects the remarkable commitment and dedication of our extraordinary team of physicians and personnel to ensuring our patients achieve the very best possible outcome for their cancer. It’s quite an honor to be recognized as one of the elite cancer centers in the country, going above and beyond the national standard of comprehensive cancer care, not just once, but continuously,” Coughlin said.
Established in 1922 by the ACS, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program. The CoC’s accreditation program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs. For more information on the CoC, visit: www.facs.org/cancer/index.html.Please click here for media inquiries