Mercy Cancer Center was recently presented with the 2014 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 75 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 75 cancer-care programs receiving the award represent 15 percent of programs surveyed by the CoC in 2014. “These 75 cancer programs currently represent the best of the best – so to speak – when it comes to cancer care,” said Daniel McKellar, M.D., FACS, chair of the Commission on Cancer. “Each of these facilities is not just meeting nationally recognized standards for the delivery of quality cancer care, they are exceeding them.”
“To receive the Outstanding Achievement Award for the third consecutive time is really an honor,” said Edward J. Walsh, M.D., medical director of Mercy Cancer Center. “It is a testament to the commitment of the physicians, nurses and health professionals who work in Mercy Cancer Center to ensure our patients receive high quality cancer care right here in Stark County.”
The purpose of the award is to raise awareness on the importance of providing quality cancer care at health care institutions throughout the U.S. In addition, it is intended to:
- Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care.
- Facilitate dialogue between award recipients and health care professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices.
- Encourage honorees to serve as quality-care resources to other cancer programs.
- Educate cancer patients on available quality-care options.
“To be chosen for this national achievement award certainly means a great deal to all of us at Mercy Cancer Center,” said Karen Coughlin, administrative director of cancer services. “Receiving the award three times in a row speaks volumes about the care we are providing to cancer patients in our community. Most importantly though, our patients come first and this award confirms our commitment to them.”
Mercy Medical Center’s cancer program was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within one of four cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, and quality improvement. The cancer program was further evaluated on seven commendation standards. To be eligible, all award recipients must have received commendation ratings in all seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 27 other standards. For a list of all cancer programs in the U.S. that received the award in 2014, visit: https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/cancer/accredited/about/outstanding/2014
About the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
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.
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