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Home > About Us > News > Hall-Perrine Cancer Center earns highest award from Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons
Published on April 17, 2014
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has once again granted its highest award - Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation - to the cancer program at Mercy Medical Center’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center. The surveyors awarded seven extra commendations for exceeding industry standards, giving Hall-Perrine Cancer Center a “gold level” designation.
To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.
As a CoC-accredited cancer center, Hall-Perrine Cancer Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.
The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Hall-Perrine Cancer Center to consistently improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care, including prevention, early diagnosis, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care.
“We are pleased to once again receive this highest award from the CoC,” said Dr. Vincent Reid, medical director at Hall-Perrine Cancer Center. “When patients receive care at a CoC facility such as ours, they can be assured of the very best cancer care, with access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, nurse navigators, support groups, and a comprehensive care plan that seeks to improve quality of life.”
The Hall-Perrine Cancer Center is also being considered for an Outstanding Achievement award, which is given to hospitals that meet every area of commendation from CoC. The award will likely be granted in early 2015.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2013. There are currently about 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing about 30 percent of all hospitals.