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Cancer Program Earns Outstanding Achievement Award for Second Time

ABINGTON, PA (March 1, 2016) – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted an Outstanding Achievement Award to The Rosenfeld Cancer Center at Abington Hospital, one of only eight programs nationwide to earn this award two survey cycles in a row (2012 and 2015). Award criteria were based on accreditation surveys conducted during the second half of 2015.

CoC AwardThe CoC Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) is designed to recognize cancer treatment programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. A facility receives this award 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. The facility must also receive a compliance rating for the remaining 26 standards.

The standards that form the basis of the OAA criteria are drawn from the following areas of program activity:

  • cancer committee leadership
  • cancer data management
  • clinical services
  • quality improvement

According to Daniel P. McKellar, MD, FACS, chair of the CoC, “More and more, we’re finding that patients and their families want to know how the healthcare institutions in their communities compare with one another.

“They want access to information in terms of who’s providing the best quality of care, and they want to know about overall patient outcomes,” he said. “Through this recognition program, I’d like to think we’re playing a small, but vital role, in helping them make informed decisions on their cancer care.”

The 27 award-winning, cancer treatment programs represent approximately 11 percent of programs surveyed by the CoC from July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, according to the Commission on Cancer.

“We are all extremely proud of this achievement and the work we do collaboratively to care for our patients,” said Mark Shahin, MD, interim director, The Rosenfeld Cancer Center. “It is a privilege to work side-by-side a team wholly dedicated to providing high quality and personalized oncology care to each and every one of our patients.”

About Abington – Jefferson Health

Abington – Jefferson Health encompasses Abington Hospital in Abington, Abington – Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township, two urgent Care Centers and five convenient outpatient facilities, which include Abington Health Center – Willow Grove, Abington Health Center – Warminster, Abington Health Center – Blue Bell, Abington Health Center – Lower Gwynedd and Abington Health Center – Montgomeryville. More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Hospital and Abington – Lansdale Hospital. In addition, some physicians are members of Abington Health Physicians, an employed network of primary care physicians and specialists. Abington – Jefferson Health is part of Jefferson Health and Jefferson, a newly formed organization dedicated to providing the highest quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

About the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

Established in 1922 by the ACS, the CoC 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. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program online at: ACS Cancer Program Accreditation.

The CoC’s accreditation program encourages hospitals, treatment centers and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs. There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. For more information on the CoC, visit: The American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs.

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