Award recognizes cancer programs that provide highest quality care to patients

Medical City Dallas Hospital was recently presented with the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Medical City Dallas Hospital is one of a select group of only 75 U.S. health care facilities with accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for surveys performed last year. The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.

The purpose of the award is to raise awareness about 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 healthcare professionals at other cancer facilities to share best practices
  • Encourage honorees to serve as quality-care resources to other cancer programs
  • Educate cancer patients about available quality-care options

“Receiving the Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award is a testament to Medical City’s commitment of providing excellent healthcare for our patients,” says Troy Villarreal, Medical City Dallas Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer. “To be included in this elite group of only 75 health care facilities in the nation is an honor. Our doctors, leadership team and hospital staff have worked tirelessly to provide the highest level of quality cancer care to our community.”

Medical City Dallas Hospital’s cancer program was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within one of four cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services and quality improvement. 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.

About the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

Established in 1922 by the ACS, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program. The CoC’s accreditation program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs.