Hunterdon Healthcare’s Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center was recently awarded the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center is one of a select group of 16 U.S. accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for surveys performed January 1 – June 30, 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
Hunterdon Healthcare’s Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center 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.
“At Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, we recognize that cancer is a complex group of diseases. That is why the Center’s interdisciplinary approach to patient care includes the interaction among surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists,” explained Barbara Tofani, Administrative Director, Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. Ms. Tofani went on to say, “Our philosophy is founded on the principle of integrated care. We also work with a specially trained nursing staff, oncology social workers, dietitians, patient educators and genetic counselors to determine the best possible treatment options, resources, support and education programs to present to a patient.”
For a list of all cancer programs in the U.S. that received the award during the first half of 2017 visit:https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/cancer/coc/info/outstanding/2017-part-1