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Rhode Island Hospital Receives National Cancer Award


Award from American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer recognizes cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing highest quality care to cancer patients

The Comprehensive Cancer Center atCommission on Cancer Rhode Island Hospital has received the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. Rhode Island Hospital is one of only 74 U.S. health care facilities with accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for surveys performed in 2013. The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.

The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital received this award in 2012.

“Each day the staff at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital demonstrates its unwavering commitment to our patients,” said James Butera, MD, medical director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center. “That commitment ranges from providing patients with the highest quality medical care to the most innovative clinical trials, from effective educational tools to compassionate support programs. This award recognizes that commitment and rewards our team for all of its hard work.”

The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital was evaluated in 2013 on 34 program standards categorized within one of five cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, cancer conferences, clinical services and quality improvement. The 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 34 other standards.

This accreditation also means Rhode Island Hospital offers access to information about clinical trials and research, cancer-related educational materials and support, as well as a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers, treatment results and lifelong patient follow-up.

The purpose of the Outstanding Achievement Award is to raise awareness of the importance of providing quality cancer care at health care institutions throughout the U.S. In addition, it is intended to motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of 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 and educate cancer patients on available quality-care options.  

The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital provides a full range of cancer services, including prevention, outreach, education, screening, treatment and survivorship support.