Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital Receive National Cancer Award

Only 16 U.S. cancer programs received this national honor

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.

Cleveland Clinic Akron General

“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.”

Cleveland Clinic 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:

For more information on Akron General’s McDowell Cancer Institute and the outstanding care available there, visit 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.



About Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Cleveland Clinic Akron General is a nonprofit healthcare organization that has been improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves since 1914. Akron General serves as the hub for Cleveland Clinic’s Southern Region and includes a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center in downtown Akron; Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group; three Health & Wellness Centers; Lodi Hospital; Visiting Nurse Service; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the tenth best hospital in Ohio. For more information, visit


About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 51,000 employees are more than 3,500 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 10 regional hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2016, there were 7.1 million outpatient visits, 161,674 hospital admissions and 207,610 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at News and resources available at