Carolinas HealthCare System

Carolinas HealthCare System Receives National Outstanding
Achievement Award for Quality Cancer Care

May 9, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Four Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) hospitals in Charlotte have received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). The award recognizes CoC-accredited cancer programs that demonstrate a continued level of commitment to providing excellence in cancer care.Cancer programs at CMC, CMC-Mercy, Carolinas HealthCare System Pineville and Carolinas HealthCare System University comprise the ACoS-CoC cancer network that received the award. This is the only network program in the Charlotte area and one of only 90 cancer care programs nationwide to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2011. All four of these hospitals are now part of Levine Cancer Institute.

The CoC is dedicated to improving cancer care and outcomes by setting quality standards and providing cancer program accreditation. The CoC accreditation is recognized by organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, The Joint Commission, and the National Cancer Institute as an established performance measure for high-quality cancer care. Jeffrey Kneisl, MD, Levine Cancer Institute, said, The Institute's mission is to facilitate further network development in our region, and enhance the quality and convenience of cancer care throughout the communities we serve."

The Institute, which was established in 2010, will serve as a catalyst in sharing preventive strategies and best practices with CHS-affiliated care facilities across the region to reduce cancer care disparities. Clinical activity at the Institute will focus on multi-disciplinary care in conjunction with extensive educational and research endeavors, including clinical trials.

In 2009, CMC, CMC-Mercy, Carolinas HealthCare System Pineville and Carolinas HealthCare System University treated a total of 4,664 cancer patients. According to CoC officials, receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to the full spectrum of comprehensive cancer care. CoC-accredited programs also report data to monitor the quality of patient care delivered and to improve cancer care outcomes at both the national and local levels.

The Outstanding Achievement Award is granted to facilities that demonstrate strong levels of compliance in several areas of activity that include cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach and quality improvement. To determine award winners, CoC reviews data from accredited cancer programs collected during the on-site evaluation that takes place before facilities receive accreditation. Facilities must also receive a compliance rating for 29 additional cancer program standards. According to CoC evaluators, the Carolinas HealthCare System program was distinguished by its high clinical trial accrual rate; quantity and quality of prevention, education and early detection efforts; and success with quality improvement initiatives.

For a complete list of award winners or more information, visit the American College of Surgeons website, www.facs.org/cancer.

About the Commission on Cancer

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons (www.facs.org), 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. The CoC’s core functions include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards; collecting standardized, high-quality data from accredited facilities; and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state, and local level.

About Carolinas HealthCare System

Carolinas HealthCare System (www.carolinashealth.org) one of the leading healthcare organizations in the Southeast, includes 33 affiliated hospitals in North and South Carolina.

Carolinas HealthCare System  provides a lifetime medical home to patients through a network of some 600 care locations that includes hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and other facilities. These operations comprise more than 1,700 employed physicians, 6,300 licensed beds and 48,000 employees.

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