Kennedy Cancer Center Receives National Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons
Monday, March 26, 2012

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The Kennedy Cancer Center – a multi-tiered outpatient cancer program that is part of the Penn Cancer Network – has received the 2011 CoC Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons as a new cancer program. Kennedy is one of a select group of 106 currently accredited or newly accredited cancer programs across the U.S. to receive a CoC Outstanding Achievement Award. Kennedy is the only program in New Jersey south of Trenton to receive a CoC Outstanding Achievement Award.

Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award is designed 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 that represent six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement. The level of compliance with the seven standards is determined during an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards.

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. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years. There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the US and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals.  CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.

Kennedy’s Cancer Center – which offers radiation oncology, medical oncology and an array of support programs for cancer patients and their families, received three-year accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) and three-year accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) for the Comprehensive Breast Center (located within the Cancer Center) in 2011.

The Kennedy Cancer Center’s annual report – which provides detailed information about its services, programs and statistical data -- is available to the public, via the following link: http://www.kennedyhealth.org/cancerreport, or by calling 856-218-5259.