Lahey’s Cancer Center awarded Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer

Release Date: 03/17/2009

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Lahey’s Cancer Center awarded Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer

BURLINGTON, MA—The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has again awarded its 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award to the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center at Lahey Clinic. The Clinic is one of 93 facilities in the U.S. that received this distinction and only one of two in Massachusetts.

The CoC recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing cancer patient care. After an on-site physician survey last year, it was determined that Lahey Clinic demonstrated a commendation level of compliance in several standards, including cancer committee leadership, data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement. Last July, Lahey received its three-year approval--with commendation--from the CoC.

Only 19 percent of the 478 programs surveyed received the Outstanding Achievement Award. Lahey Clinic previously received this award for its last survey in 2005.

“We are delighted to accept this award from the Commission on Cancer,” said Keith E. Stuart, MD, chair of Hematology and Oncology. “It underscores our clinicians' continuing commitment to deliver extraordinary patient care while we move forward with our research, ideally leading us to more effective therapies.”

The CoC's core functions include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards; collecting standardized high quality data from approved facilities; and using the data to develop effective education interventions for improving cancer care outcomes at the national, state and local level. There are currently more than 1,400 CoC-approved cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing close to 25 percent of all hospitals.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

About Lahey Clinic
Lahey Clinic, a physician-led, nonprofit group practice, is world-renowned for innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the Clinic provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation.