SIH Cancer Institute Receives National Outstanding Achievement Award

June 17th, 2015

The SIH Cancer Institute was recently presented with the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). SIH’s cancer program is one of a select group of only 75 U.S. health care facilities with accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for surveys performed last year. The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.

The purpose of the award is to raise awareness on the importance of providing quality cancer care at health care institutions throughout the U.S. In addition, it is intended to:

  • Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care.
  • Facilitate dialogue between award recipients and healthcare professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices.
  • Encourage honorees to serve as quality-care resources to other cancer programs.
  • Educate cancer patients on available quality-care options.

“This is a great honor and a direct reflection of dedicated physicians and staff. This recognition shows that we strive every day with every patient to go above and beyond, because that is what each patient and family deserves. We are honored to serve our community,” said SIH Cancer Institute System Director Jennifer Badiu.

SIH’s cancer program was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within one of four cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, and quality improvement. The cancer program was further evaluated on seven commendation standards. To be eligible, all award recipients must have received commendation ratings in all seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 27 other standards.

“Our goal at the SIH Cancer Institute is to provide the best individualized care for our patients. We are humbled and honored to receive this national recognition. Of note, this is a continuous effort; one that is ongoing to meet the needs of our patients with best practices and evidence-based cancer treatment today and into the future,” said Dr. George Kao, medical director of radiation oncology.

Click here for a list of all cancer programs in the U.S. that received the award.

About the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

Established in 1922 by the ACS, the CoC 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. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program. The CoC’s accreditation program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs.