The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has awarded its prestigious 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award to CentraState Healthcare System for its cancer program that exceeded the nationally recognized standards for the delivery of quality cancer care to its patients.
This recognition was only earned by an elite group of 49 accredited cancer programs in the nation, and CentraState is one of only two hospitals in New Jersey to receive this award in 2019. The award-winning cancer care programs represent approximately seven percent of programs surveyed by the CoC from January 1–December 31, 2019, and currently represent the best of the best when it comes to 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. In addition, 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
CentraState’s cancer program earned the award after being evaluated on 34 cancer program standards categorized within four cancer program activity areas, including cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, and quality improvement. The program was also evaluated on commendation standards and was given commendation on all seven of the seven commendation standards.
“Receiving this award is a tremendous milestone for our Cancer Program,” says Barry Asch, assistant vice president of Cancer Care Services at CentraState. “The outstanding skills, dedication, and commitment by the entire cancer team earned this honor for our hospital, and we look forward to further expanding and developing our cancer services and providing the most comprehensive and compassionate care to cancer patients in our communities.”
For information about all of the cancer care services provided at CentraState, call 866-CENTRA7.