The Huntington Memorial Hospital Cancer Center (HHCC) was recently presented
with the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer
(CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). HHCC 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.
"A cancer diagnosis is among one of the most challenging experiences
a patient can face," said Howard Kaufman, MD, medical director of
HHCC. “This accreditation, in combination with the Outstanding Achievement
Award, validates the exceptional care our team of physicians and nurses
provides to help improve the quality of life for our patients during this
The purpose of the award is to raise awareness about the importance of
providing quality cancer care at health care institutions throughout the
U.S. Furthermore, it provides a mechanism for HHCC to share its commendation-winning
practices with other institutions. It is intended to:
- Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care.
- Facilitate dialogue between award recipients and healthcare 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.
“At Huntington Hospital, we are committed to providing the best possible
cancer care to the communities we serve," said Stephen A. Ralph,
hospital president and CEO. "The cancer center provides the highest
standard of care and technology, proving that patients do not need to
travel far to receive the best cancer treatment available."
HHCC cancer program was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within
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. 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, please chick