OSF St. Joseph Medical Center was recently presented with the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC).
OSF St. Joseph is one of a select group of only 74 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 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.
“The Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes the efforts and commitment of our entire cancer team for providing high quality cancer care to our patients,” said Chad Boore, President, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. “We take great pride in not only meeting but exceeding the standards set by the Accreditation Program and we are honored to receive the award.”
The cancer program at OSF St. Joseph was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within one of five cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, cancer conferences, clinical services, and quality improvement. Our 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 34 other standards.
For a list of all cancer programs in the U.S. that received the award in 2013 visit the American College of Surgeons.