Staten Island University Hospital has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons.
The award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to patients.
It is granted to facilities that demonstrate a commendation level of compliance with standards that represent six areas: Cancer committee leadership; cancer data management; clinical management; research; community outreach, and quality improvement.
SIUH was one of 106 — six in New York State — accredited cancer programs that received the award based on cancer program surveys performed during 2011. The level of compliance with the standards was determined during an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor.
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, the commission states.
To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.
For more information, visit facs.org/cancer.