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Monday, April 02, 2012 - 106 Cancer Care Facilities Receive National Achievement Award from Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to the INTEGRIS Cancer Institute of Oklahoma, a campus of INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, as a result of surveys performed during 2011. The INTEGRIS Cancer Institute is one of a select group of 106 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States to receive the award. The full list of award recipients is available online at http://www.facs.org/cancer/coc/outstandingachievement2011list.html.

Established in 2004, the commission’s 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 onsite 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 the INTEGRIS Cancer Institute of Oklahoma, represent approximately 22 percent of programs surveyed during 2011. A majority of recipients are community-based facilities; however, teaching hospitals, NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, VA hospitals and network cancer programs also received the award.

The accreditation program, a component of the commission, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the commission 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 commission-accredited cancer programs must undergo an onsite review every three years.

There are currently more than 1,500 commission-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals. Commission-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes 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 49 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

The commission provides the public with information on the resources, services and cancer treatment experience for each commission-accredited cancer program through the commission’s hospital locator at http://www.facs.org/cancerprogram/index.html and through the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345. For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit www.facs.org/cancer/index.html.

The INTEGRIS Cancer Institute of Oklahoma offers one of the foremost collections of physicians and comprehensive patient care in the southwest. Offering the most advanced equipment, therapy and support to patients and their loved ones, physicians work closely with patients, their families and the medical team to enhance quality of life throughout their journey with cancer.

The INTEGRIS Cancer Institute is more than a cancer treatment facility. It’s a cancer treatment philosophy: treating the whole person, not just the disease. With six campuses statewide, the Proton Campus, in conjunction with ProCure Proton Therapy Center, was the first community-based proton therapy cancer campus in the United States. It remains one of less than a dozen proton centers in North America.