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  • Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals Earn Prestigious National Cancer Award

  • The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital and The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital have each earned the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons.

    The award recognizes the significant commitment by medical staff, administration and staff at both hospitals to providing high-quality cancer care to their patients, as well as meeting and exceeding the standards set by the CoC. Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals are among just 90 CoC-accredited cancer programs across the United States to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award as a result of surveys performed during 2010.

    Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award 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. Only 90 programs nationwide received the Outstanding Achievement Award, which represents approximately 17 percent of programs surveyed in 2010. Only one other facility in Rhode Island was recognized with this honor.

    Overall, Rhode Island Hospital's cancer center has been accredited by the CoC since 1983; The Miriam Hospital has been accredited since 1991. 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.