HARVEY | Ingalls Memorial Hospital was recently presented with the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.
Ingalls is one of a select group of only 79 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.
The purpose of the award is to raise awareness about the importance of providing quality cancer care at healthcare 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.
“We’re thrilled to be recognized as one of the finest cancer programs in the nation,” says Kurt E. Johnson, president and CEO of Ingalls Health System. “This achievement is a testament to the outstanding work of our doctors, nurses and other professionals who provide the highest level of cancer care for our patients and their families every day.”
Ingalls’ cancer program was evaluated on 29 program standards categorized within one of four cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services and quality improvement. It was further evaluated on eight commendation standards.
To be eligible, award recipients must have received commendation ratings in seven commendation standards and a compliance rating for each of the 29 other standards.