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News: Centegra oncology services receive Outstanding Achievement Award

Centegra Hospital-McHenry and Centegra Hospital-Woodstock have both received the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award.  The Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.”In the state of Illinois, only six organizations were granted this award and two of those awards went to Centegra Hospitals,”  said Rachel Sebastian, vice president of service line operations. “We are so proud to offer such high-quality care to our patients, and our Associates and physicians stand out among the best. This distinction is a great honor for our teams.” 

A facility receives the Outstanding Achievement Award after an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. Each Centegra hospital demonstrated a level of compliance with six standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program. The six standards are drawn from five areas of program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, research, community outreach and quality improvement.”Centegra Health System believes that patients shouldn’t have to travel far from home to receive the best cancer care,”  said Dr. Syed Zahir, chairman of the cancer committee at Centegra Health System. “This award is just another way our hospitals are being recognized as outstanding providers of oncology services. From diagnosis and treatment to nutrition services, education and counseling, Centegra brings the complete package to the people of greater McHenry and Kane Counties.” 

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. Ninety programs, including Centegra Hospital-McHenry and Centegra Hospital-Woodstock, received the OAA as a result of surveys performed in 2010. This number represents approximately 17 percent of programs surveyed during this period. A majority of recipients are community-based facilities; however, teaching hospitals, NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers, pediatric and network cancer programs also received the award.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, 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 levels. There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs representing 25 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. These CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and treat 71 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to the full quality spectrum of comprehensive cancer care close to home.

In addition, cancer patient data is reported to the CoC’s National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program with the American Cancer Society (ACS), by each CoC-accredited cancer program. This data accounts for about two-thirds of all newly diagnosed cancer cases in the U.S. each year and is used regularly to monitor the quality of patient care delivered in CoC-accredited cancer programs and to improve cancer care outcomes at both the national and local level.

The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program. This information is shared with the public on the cancer programs page of the American College of Surgeons website at and through the American Cancer Society National Cancer Information Center at 1 (800) ACS-2345.