The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted its year-end 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award to a select group of 16 accredited cancer programs throughout the U.S. Award criteria were based on qualitative and quantitative surveys of cancer programs conducted in the second half of 2017.
The purpose of the award is to raise the bar on quality cancer care, with the ultimate goal of increasing awareness about quality care choices among cancer patients and their loved ones. In addition, the award is intended to accomplish the following:
• Recognize those cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients
• Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care
• Facilitate a 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
The 16 award-winning cancer care programs represent approximately 7 percent of programs surveyed by the CoC July 1–December 31, 2017. “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.”
Visit the ACS website for a list of these award-winning cancer programs at facs.org/quality-programs/cancer/coc/info/outstanding/2017-part-2.