ProMedica Cancer Institute honoredWritten by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | email@example.com
The ProMedica Cancer Institute has received the Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) for 2007. According to a news release, the award recognizes cancer programs “that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients and is the result of the program’s 2007 accreditation survey granting approval with commendation through 2010.”
A facility receives the OAA following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program. These standards include: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.
For 2007, only 66 programs nationwide received the OAA as a result of these surveys. A majority of those facilities are community based, like those in the ProMedica Cancer Institute, which includes the Hickman Cancer Center at Flower Hospital, The Toledo Hospital and Toledo Children’s Hospital.
The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. The Approvals Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality of care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure that they conform to those standards.
For more information about the ProMedica Cancer Institute, visit the Web site www.promedica.org.