Northside’s Cancer Care Program Receives National Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons

Posted on: Monday, April 04, 2011


The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to Northside Hospital’s Cancer Institute, as a result of surveys performed during 2010.  The Atlanta hospital is one of a select group of 90 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States – one of only two programs in Georgia.

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 a voluntary on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor.  In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards.  Ninety programs, including Northside, received the award as a result of surveys performed in 2010, which represents approximately 17 percent of programs surveyed during this period.

“We are so pleased to receive this national recognition from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons,” said Patti Owen, director of oncology services at Northside Hospital.  “This award exemplifies our ongoing commitment to providing high quality, multidisciplinary cancer care as a comprehensive, community hospital Cancer Care Program.”

Northside also recently was chosen by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to join the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), an exclusive group of 30 community cancer centers, offering expanded research opportunities and state-of-the-art cancer care.  Northside is the only hospital in Atlanta and one of only three hospitals in the southeastern United Stated chosen for this prestigious honor.  NCCCP sites bring clinical research and advanced diagnostics and treatment, which often are available only at large academic medical centers and research universities, into the community, where they are more accessible to the patients who need them.

“As one of the largest and most respected providers of comprehensive cancer care services in Georgia, this recognition from the American College of Surgeons, in conjunction with NCCCP, enables us to offer our patients clinical excellence that is on par with academic-based programs, leading-edge technologies and treatments,” said Owen, “along with the personalized, compassionate care typically associated only with a community hospital.”

Many of Northside’s physicians are nationally recognized for their treatment of cancer.  Together with a team of highly trained professionals, they provide patients with promising hope for a disease-free existence in a number of specialties.

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