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Cancer Center Receives Outstanding Achievement Award from Commission on Cancer

Roger Williams Cancer Center is one of just 24 accredited cancer programs in the country to receive the June-December 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons.

The award acknowledges programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. Roger Williams is the only cancer center in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine to receive this recognition during this period of time.

“This national recognition recognizes our team’s efforts to deliver cancer care that not only meets national standards, but exceeds them,” said Kimberly O’Connell, president of Roger Williams Medical Center. “Our center provides Rhode Island’s most comprehensive continuum of cancer care and it is care that is recognized nationally for excellence.”

The Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in demonstrating compliance with the CoC standards and are committed to ensuring high quality cancer care. The purpose of the award is to raise the bar on quality cancer care, with the ultimate goal of increasing awareness about quality care choices among cancer patients and their loved ones. 

“All our clinical, academic, and research efforts are focused on advancing treatment and care for those with cancer,” said Dr. N. Joseph Espat, director of the Cancer Center at Roger Williams. “We believe patients are best cared for in a collaborative environment that includes surgical, medical and radiation oncologists, along with oncology nurses, laboratory professionals, and support staff. This award is a reflection of our dedication to this philosophy of collaborative cancer care.”

To achieve the Outstanding Achievement Award, programs are evaluated on 34 cancer program standards categorized within one of four cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, and quality improvement. Seven of the 34 standards are evaluated as to whether they will receive commendation. 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. 

In addition, the award is intended to:

In 2015, the Cancer Center at Roger Williams was classified by the Commission on Cancer as an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Center Program, placing it among a select group of cancer centers in New England to hold such a designation. Nationally, only 13% of Commission on Cancer programs hold the Academic Comprehensive Center Program designation.

The Cancer Center also holds numerous other national accreditations and certifications including:

The Commission on Cancer 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. Its membership includes fellows of the American College of Surgeons and representatives of 47 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.