Hayworth Cancer Center Receives National Achievement Award from Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to Hayworth Cancer Center at High Point Medical Center as a result of surveys performed during 2011. Hayworth Cancer Center is one of a select group of 106, currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs, across the United States.
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 Hayworth Cancer Center continues to remain the premier comprehensive community cancer center in the area. In addition to our number one raking in the Triad by US News & World Report for the last three years, we have further validation of our program by receiving the highest designation awarded by the Committee on Cancer and the Outstanding Achievement Award,” said Bernard Chinnasami, MD, medical director for Hayworth Cancer Center. “This is a result of our highly integrated cancer program entirely centered on each patient’s needs. We thank all of our patients for supporting us and it is for them, not for the accolades, that we are committed to providing the best cancer care in the Triad.”
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. One hundred and six programs, including High Point Medical Center’s Hayworth Cancer Center, represent approximately 22 percent of programs surveyed during 2011.
The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.
There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the US and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.