Holy Family Memorial is now one of a select group of only 75 United States healthcare facilities with accredited cancer programs to receive the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. This national honor is based on the evaluation performed during late 2014 and acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.
“This award places our cancer program in an elite tier of performance. We salute our outstanding staff and providers for their expertise, compassion and excellence in caring for the patients and their families experiencing this difficult disease,” commented Mark Herzog, President and CEO of Holy Family Memorial.
Holy Family Memorial is one of only five cancer programs in Wisconsin to receive this highly respected award.
Holy Family Memorial’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.
“These 75 cancer programs currently represent the best of the best…when it comes to cancer care,” according to Daniel P. McKeller, MD, FACS, Chair of the Commission on Cancer, “Each of these facilities is not just meeting nationally recognized standards for the delivery of quality cancer care, they are exceeding them.”
The award helps raise awareness on the importance of providing quality cancer care at health care institutions throughout the U.S. In addition, it is intended to:
• Educate cancer patients on available quality-care options.
• Encourage honorees to serve as quality-care resources to other cancer programs.
• Facilitate dialogue between award recipients and healthcare professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices.
• Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care.
For a list of all cancer programs in the U.S. that received the award in 2014 visit: https://www.facs.org/qualityprograms/cancer/accredited/about/outstanding/2014
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. For more information on the CoC, visit: www.facs.org/cancer/index.html (.)