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Cancer Services Gets National Achievement Award
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Glendale Adventist Medical Center Receives National Achievement Award From Commission on Cancer Of The American College of Surgeons

GLENDALE, CA, – March 23, 2012 – Glendale Adventist Medical Center is proud to announce that The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to the hospital’s Cancer Services program as a result of surveys performed during 2011. Cancer Services at Glendale Adventist Medical Center is one of a select group of 106 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States. Glendale Adventist Medical Center is one of nine in California given this prestigious award and, only two in the Los Angeles region were awarded.

“We are honored to get this national award because it is another eternal endorsement of our commitment to improve the health care of our patients through quality care based on the best medical evidence available. At Glendale Adventist, we strive to make cancer treatment as simple and convenient as possible with our comprehensive array of services,” said Boris Bagdasarian, DO, Medical Director of Cancer Services at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a Commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.

The level of compliance with the seven standards is determined during an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards. Including Cancer Services at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, the 106 programs represent approximately 22 percent of programs surveyed during 2011. A majority of recipients are community-based facilities; however, teaching hospitals, NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, VA hospitals, and Network Cancer Programs also received the award.

Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the US and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer 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. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and representatives of 49 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345.