News Release Date : 04/05/2011
Cancer Institute Receives National Achievement Award
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to St. Mary's of Michigan Seton Cancer Institute as a result of surveys performed during 2010. St. Mary's of Michigan is one of a select group of 90 currently accredited cancer programs across the United States.
Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a Commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.
The level of compliance with the seven standards is determined during an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards. Ninety programs, including St. Mary's of Michigan Seton Cancer Institute, received the OAA as a result of surveys performed in 2010. This number represents approximately 17 percent of programs surveyed during this period.
There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs representing 25 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. These CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat 71 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to the full quality spectrum of comprehensive cancer care close to home.
"This nationwide achievement is the result of collaboration among the physicians, caregivers and staff of Seton, says Tim Laugh, Director of the Seton Cancer Institute. "Our commitment to improving patient survival and quality of life, along with our array of services offered, we're able to bring the utmost in cancer care to the patients of our community. This recognition among only four hospitals in the state is an honor of which we are proud."
(The other three in Michigan are: Bixby Medical Center in Adrian, Hurley Medical Center in Flint and Lakeland Health Care in St. Joseph.)
The Commission on Cancer 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.