The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted its second installment of 2015 Outstanding Achievement Awards (OAAs) to a select group of 27 accredited cancer programs throughout the U.S. Award criteria were based on qualitative and quantitative surveys conducted during the second half of 2015.
The award is an effort to increase awareness about quality care choices among cancer patients and their loved ones. In addition, the award does the following:
- Recognizes cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients
- Motivates other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care
- Facilitates dialogue between award recipients and health care professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices
- Encourages honorees to serve as resources on quality care to other cancer programs
Review a list of these cancer programs on the ACS website.
The 27 award-winning cancer care programs represent approximately 12 percent of programs surveyed by the CoC from July 1 to December 31. New programs undergoing their initial survey and National Cancer Institute-designated programs are ineligible for the OAA.
“More and more, we’re finding that patients and their families want to know how the health care institutions in their communities compare with one another,” said Daniel P. McKellar, MD, FACS, CoC Chair. “They want access to information in terms of who’s providing the best quality of care, and they want to know about overall patient outcomes. Through this recognition program, I’d like to think we’re playing a vital role in helping them make informed decisions on their cancer care.”