Commission on Cancer Accreditation Touro Infirmary was recently awarded the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Touro is one of a select group of 16 U.S. accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for cancer surveys performed July 1 – December 31, 2017.
The purpose of the award is to encourage cancer programs to raise the bar on quality cancer care, with the ultimate goal of increasing awareness about high quality, patient-centered care. In addition, the award is intended to:
- Recognize those cancer programs that achieve excellence meeting the CoC Standards
- Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of quality cancer care
- Facilitate dialogue between award recipients and health care professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices
- Encourage honorees to serve as quality care resources to other cancer programs
Touro’s cancer program was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within five cancer program activity areas: program management, clinical services, continuum of care services, patient outcomes, and data quality. 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.