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NYHQ Cancer Center Receives National Achievement Award from Commission on Cancer of American College of Surgeons

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Cynthia Bacon
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Flushing, New York, April 8, 2011—The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to the Cancer Center at New York Hospital Queens for excellent performance on the commission’s annual on-site evaluation. New York Hospital Queens is considered one of the top cancer programs in the United States by this accrediting body.

There are currently more than 1,500 commission-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. Of them, New York Hospital Queens was one of only 90 accredited hospitals to be granted the Outstanding Achievement Award. Only 17 percent of programs surveyed nationwide earned this commendation.

The award 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 the highest level of compliance in the following areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement. A patient who receives care at a commission-accredited cancer program can be assured that he or she has access to the highest level of cancer care.

The Commission on Cancer has approved The Cancer Center at New York Hospital Queens since 1987. Of the several levels of approval available from the Commission on Cancer, New York Hospital Queens ranks in the top tier nationally by meeting all 36 standards of excellence. The approvals program, established by the American College of Surgeons in 1932, sets the highest standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs every three years to make sure they conform to its standards.

New York Hospital Queens is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

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