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Mercy Cancers Centers receive Outstanding Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons

5/15/2014 12:00:00 AM  --Mercy
Toledo, OH - The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted its 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award to a distinguished group of just 74 accredited cancer programs throughout the United States, including Mercy Cancer Centers in Northwest Ohio!
“We are excited and humbled to receive this recognition from the American College of Surgeons,” said Amanda Caldwell, RN, MBA, NE-BC, Director of Mercy Cancer Centers. “At Mercy we believe cancer treatment needs to center on our patient’s whole being—mind, body and spirit. The patients, their families and our care teams’ work together to design an individualized treatment that’s right for them with the highest quality and care every time.”
Established in 2004, the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. Programs are evaluated on 34 cancer program standards categorized within one of five cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, cancer conferences, clinical services and quality improvement. Programs are further evaluated on seven commendation standards. Award recipients must have received commendation ratings in all seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 34 cancer program standards. 
Additionally, the award is intended to:
  •  Recognize those cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.
  • 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. 
“More and more, we’re finding that patients and their families want to know how the health care institutions in their communities compare with one another,” said Daniel P. McKellar, MD, FACS, Chair of the CoC. “These 74 cancer programs currently represent the best of the best—so to speak—when it comes to cancer care. Each of these facilities is not just meeting nationally recognized standards for the delivery of quality cancer care, they are exceeding them.”
The 74 award-winning, cancer-care programs represent approximately just 14 percent of cancer programs in the U.S.  For more information, please visit

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