Established in 2004, The Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. Just recently, the CoC of the American College of Surgeons awarded a select group of 106 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States with its OAA.
We want to congratulate Emory University Hospital (EUH) and our physicians at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University for receiving a CoC Outstanding Achievement Award for 2011. EUH was the only hospital in Atlanta to be granted this award and only one of two in Georgia.
Rein Saral, MD, associate director for community affairs and outreach for Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, said he is pleased because the award recognizes the “extraordinary excellence of the overall collaboration between Emory University Hospital and Winship Cancer Institute, Georgia’s only NCI-designated cancer center.”
The OAA 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 onsite evaluation by a physician surveyor. Awarded facilities must also receive a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards.
For 2011, just 22 percent of the 489 programs surveyed received the award. A majority of recipients are community-based facilities; however, there were also teaching hospitals, NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, and Veterans Affairs hospitals that received the award.
To see a comprehensive list of all the CoC OAA winners, visit: http://www.facs.org/cancer/coc/outstandingachievement2011.html