Cleveland Clinic Akron General and Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital were recently awarded the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). They are among a select group of 16 U.S. accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for surveys performed between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2017. Only three hospitals from Ohio were recognized for this honor.
“We are proud that our cancer institute has been judged deserving of this national award,” said Andrew H. Fenton, M.D., executive medical director of the Akron General McDowell Cancer Institute. “I am very grateful for the hard work and dedication shown by our staff, including the physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and many others who make up the McDowell Cancer Institute.
“We are honored to have earned the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award for the third consecutive survey period,” said Timothy Spiro, M.D., director of the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center at Fairview Hospital and chairman of Regional Oncology at Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute. “This recognition is a testament to the outstanding caregivers we have at Fairview Hospital.”
Akron General’s McDowell Cancer Institute has received this award for the past two consecutive survey cycles (2014 and 2017) and Fairview Hospital has received this award for the past three consecutive survey cycles (2011, 2014 and 2017).
The purpose of the award is to encourage cancer programs to raise the bar on quality cancer care, with the ultimate goal of increasing awareness about high-quality, patient-centered care.
The hospital’s cancer programs were evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within five cancer program activity areas: program management, clinical services, continuum of care services, patient outcomes, and data quality. The cancer programs were 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 during the first half of 2017 visit: https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/cancer/coc/info/outstanding/2017-part-1
For more information on Akron General’s McDowell Cancer Institute and the outstanding care available there, visit akrongeneral.org/cancer or call 330.344.6453. For more information on the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center at Fairview Hospital or to make a same-day appointment there, call 866.223.8100.