The Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion honored by Commission on Cancer


04.02.2015

Award recognizes cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing highest quality care to cancer patients

The Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s/Candler has earned the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

The Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion (LCRP) 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.


“This award demonstrates that the Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion can offer patients the most up to date and complete cancer care that is available,” said H.A. Zaren MD FACS, Medical Director of the LCRP. “It’s an elite award because of the small group of cancer programs in the nation who earned the honor and it represents the dedication of our staff and specialists. But for patients, they can know they will get the best treatment, clinical trials, technology and experts without having to leave their community.”

The purpose of the award is to raise awareness on 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 for the purpose of sharing best practices.
• Encourage honorees to serve as quality-care resources to other cancer programs.
• Educate cancer patients on available quality-care options.

The LCRP 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.
For a list of all cancer programs in the U.S. that received the award in 2014 visit: https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/cancer/accredited/about/outstanding/2014

About St. Joseph’s/Candler and the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion
St. Joseph’s/Candler is a 714-bed, Magnet-designated facility for nursing excellence, with a focus on the latest technologies and research. Its comprehensive network includes centers of excellence for oncology, cardiovascular, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, orthopedics and a variety of other disease specialties. SJ/C's Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion is a national destination for cancer care and part of the National Cancer Institute’s Community Oncology Research Program. St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital are the anchors of a not-for-profit health system serving 33 counties in southeast Georgia and the South Carolina Low Country and is the largest and only faith-based institution in the region. For more information, visit www.sjchs.org or www.cancerpavilion.com.

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. For more information on the CoC, visit: www.facs.org/cancer/index.html (.)
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