Rhode Island Hospital Earns National Cancer Award

October 7, 2015

The honor from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer recognizes cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing highest quality cancer care

The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital was recently presented with the Midyear 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. Rhode Island Hospital is one of only 23 health care facilities in the country – and the only in Rhode Island – to receive this national honor for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.

The award recognizes the significant commitment by the Rhode Island Hospital team in providing superior cancer care to patients while meeting and exceeding the standards set by the Commission on Cancer.

“It’s always an honor to accept recognition for excellence, particularly when the standards are so very high,” said Latha Sivaprasad, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Rhode Island Hospital. “Here in our community, patients can find outstanding comprehensive cancer care that exceeds national standards.”

Just last week, Becker’s Hospital Review included the Comprehensive Cancer Center in its list of 100 hospitals and health systems in the United States with great oncology programs.

The Outstanding Achievement Award criteria were based on qualitative and quantitative surveys conducted from January to June, 2015. The hospital was evaluated on 34 program standards within four cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services and quality improvement. Programs are further evaluated on seven commendation standards. Award recipients must have received commendation ratings in all seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 34 cancer program standards.

The 23 award-winning, cancer-care programs represent approximately 12 percent of programs surveyed by the Commission on Cancer in 2015. Established in 2004, the Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes accredited cancer programs that demonstrate compliance with the Commission on Cancer standards and meet high quality cancer care standards.

The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital provides a full range of cancer services, including prevention, outreach, education, screening, treatment and survivorship support.

The Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival 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 47 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

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