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74 Cancer Care Facilities Receive National Achievement Award

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) to a select group of 74 accredited cancer programs across the United States.

Established in 2004, the CoC 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 four areas of program management, clinical services, patient outcomes, and data quality. The level of compliance with the seven standards is determined during an onsite evaluation by a physician surveyor. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for each of the remaining 27 cancer program standards. Seventy-four programs received the OAA as a result of surveys performed in 2013. This number represents approximately 14 percent of cancer programs surveyed during this period.  A majority of recipients are community-based facilities; however, there were also academic hospitals, NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, Veterans Administration hospitals, integrated networks, pediatric hospitals, and a freestanding cancer center that also received this year's award.

The CoC press release announcing the 2013 OAA recipients is now online.  OAA Programs are also listed online.