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Eden Medical Center Receives National Achievement

Cancer Care Program Recognized for Excellence

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Eden Medical Center is one of a select group of hospitals to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. Just 106 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States have received this award.

This prestigious award is the result of the dedication, expertise and care of Eden physicians and staff to provide the best cancer diagnostic, treatment and educational practices that optimize outcomes for our cancer patients. This work is supported by research by the Eden Tumor Registry, which tracks the health status of our patients and allows us to review patient care protocols, analyze trends and develop optimum standards of care. Eden’s Cancer Program also includes community-wide education to promote cancer awareness, early detection and prevention.

Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) recognizes 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.

View the full list of award recipients online by clicking on this link: http://www.facs.org/cancer/coc/outstandingachievement2011list.html.

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. The 106 programs, including Eden Medical Center, represent approximately 22 percent of programs surveyed during 2011.    

The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. 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 agree to an on-site review every three years.

There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the US 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.

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