National Award from the Commission on Cancer

Published: Monday, October 1, 2012

ECCC side view from south2The Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only 106 facilities in the nation to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The award is based on the results of surveys and an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor performed during 2011. The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to patients. It is granted to facilities that demonstrate a commendation level of compliance with standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity, including committee leadership, data management, clinical management, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

“Receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award is a well-deserved honor for the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center,” said Gerard Oakley, MD, gynecologic oncologist and Chairman of the Cancer Committee at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center. “It places us among many of the premier cancer programs nationwide. It is a testimony to the skill and dedication to excellence that is exhibited throughout the center.”

There are currently more than 1,500 Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer programs in the US and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals. These facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.