CoC Outstanding Achievement Award

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to Mercy Hospital St. Louis.  Mercy is one of 106 accredited cancer programs across the country to receive this award. It is the only one in the state of Missouri to receive this award. The award is based on cancer program surveys conducted in 2011.

Mercy Cancer Services offers treatment for many different types of cancer. The most commonly diagnosed cancers at Mercy Hospital St. Louis are breast, prostate, lung, colon, corpus uteri, lymphoma, kidney, bladder, melanoma and thyroid. Mercy’s team of highly skilled specialists utilize many types of treatment for these cancers, including chemotherapy, infusion therapy, radiation therapy and surgical treatment. Mercy Cancer Services has multiple locations in St. Louis and one location in Washington, Mo.

“We are very pleased to receive this award from the Commission on Cancer because it recognizes Mercy’s commitment to quality in our cancer services,” said Linda Fox, vice president of operations for Mercy Hospital St. Louis. “The CoC Outstanding Achievement Award reflects the work that every member of our Cancer Services team does on a daily basis to serve our patients.”

The CoC Outstanding Achievement Award was established in 2004 to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a Commendation level of compliance with seven standards, representing six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

The level of compliance is determined during an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. Facilities must also receive a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards. The 106 programs receiving this award represent approximately 22 percent of programs surveyed during 2011.

The CoC Accreditation Program sets quality of care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years. Currently, there are more than 1500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals.

The full list of award recipients is available at: www.facs.org/cancer/coc/outstandingachievement2011list.html.

About Commission on Cancer

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer 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. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and representatives of 49 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.  The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at www.facs.org/cancerprogram/index.htmland through the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345. For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit its website at www.facs.org/cancer/index.html(.)

About Mercy

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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