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The Miriam Hospital Recognized with National Cancer Award


Award from American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer recognizes cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing highest quality care to cancer patients

The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital was recently presented with the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). The Miriam Hospital is one of only 79 health care facilities in the country – and the only in Rhode Island – to receive this national honor based on excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.

Commission on Cancer logoThe Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital, a past recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award, is in the process of undergoing its next CoC evaluation.

“This award is a reflection of the dedication and expertise of our entire Cancer Center team, who work tirelessly every day to provide comprehensive, high quality and compassionate cancer care to our patients,” said Fred J. Schiffman, M.D., medical director of The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital. “We are proud of this honor, which serves as recognition that you don’t have to travel outside our community for world-class cancer services; we provide them close to home.”

The award recognizes the significant commitment by Miriam medical staff, administration and staff to providing high-quality cancer care to patients, as well as meeting and exceeding the standards set by the CoC. Award criteria were based on qualitative and quantitative surveys conducted last year.

This accreditation also means The Miriam Hospital offers access to information about clinical trials and research, cancer-related educational materials and support, as well as a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers, treatment results and lifelong patient follow-up.

The Miriam Hospital’s cancer program was evaluated in October 2012 on 29 program standards categorized within one of four cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services and quality improvement. The program was further evaluated on eight commendation standards. To be eligible, all award recipients must have received commendation ratings in seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 29 other standards.

The purpose of the Outstanding Achievement Award is to raise awareness of the importance of providing quality cancer care at health care institutions throughout the U.S. In addition, it is intended to motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care, facilitate dialogue between award recipients and health care professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices, encourage honorees to serve as quality-care resources to other cancer programs and educate cancer patients on available quality-care options.

The 79 award-winning, cancer-care programs represent approximately 19 percent of programs surveyed by the CoC in 2012. A majority of recipients are community-based facilities. However, teaching hospitals like The Miriam Hospital, National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, Veterans Administration hospitals, and Network Cancer Programs also received this year’s award.

The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital provides a full range of cancer services, including prevention, outreach, education, screening, treatment and survivorship support. Overall, The Miriam Hospital has been accredited by the CoC since 1991.