The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to Mercy Cancer Center as a result of surveys performed during 2011. Mercy Cancer Center is one of a select group of 106 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States.
"To be recognized for the quality of our care on a national level, along with so many other prestigious institutions, is really an honor. We are very proud of the award, but we are even more proud that we are able to offer the highest level of care to cancer patients in our own community,” says Edward J. Walsh, M.D., Medical Director, Cancer Services.
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 Outstanding Achievement Award shows that patients in our community have access to excellent cancer care in their own backyard. It’s an advantage to receive care close to home because a patient’s support systems are a major part of therapy,” says Karen Coughlin, Administrative Director of Cancer Services. “We provide top quality of care here, where family members, friends and other supporters are.”
Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years. Only 30% of hospitals across the US have accredited Cancer Centers and only 22% of these accredited Cancer Centers are granted the Outstanding Achievement Award. An even smaller number of Cancer Centers receive the award more than once. That means that Mercy Cancer Center rightfully can claim that it has one of the best community cancer programs in the nation.
Receiving CoC Accreditation means a hospital or cancer treatment facility puts quality patient care at the forefront. The extensive team of board certified physicians and specially trained nurses follow a multidisciplinary care model that ensures patients receive care across the continuum--from diagnosis to treatment to support groups--so patients never have to face cancer alone.
Being granted the Outstanding Achievement Award once is akin to being inducted into the National Honor Society but receiving it twice puts the Mercy Cancer Center at an even higher status. Being granted this honor twice in a row is truly a testament to the unwavering commitment of the physicians, nurses and health professionals who work in the Mercy Cancer Center.
About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. Mercy Cancer Center coordinates Mercy’s broad range of diagnostic procedures, innovative treatments, national cancer research trials, complementary medicine program and support services. For more information, see cantonmercy.org/cancer-center.
About the Commission on Cancer (CoC)
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and representatives of 49 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.