Upstate News

July 2, 2007
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

University Hospital wins outstanding achievement award for cancer care

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— University Hospital has been selected as one of 31 facilities nationwide to receive outstanding achievement award from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. Only six percent of the institutions surveyed received this honor. The CoC Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The award was presented in April at the 33rd Annual Education Conference of the National Cancer Registrars Association.

This is the second honor University Hospital has received for its cancer care from the CoC in the past year. In 2006, the hospital was granted a three-year commendation from the CoC in recognition of its cancer program.

University Hospital received the award after a rigorous on-site evaluation last year that reviewed the full scope of the hospital’s cancer program, including cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

“This additional recognition from the Commission on Cancer is further evidence of the high level of integrated cancer care patients receive here at University Hospital,” said Leslie J. Kohman, M.D., vice chair of the cancer committee at University Hospital. “The recognition also speaks volumes about our commitment to ensuring the Central New York has access to the very best in cancer care.”

University is the only hospital in Syracuse to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award and to have a cancer program accredited by the American College of Surgeons.

University Hospital, which treats more than 16,000 cancer patients for current and supportive care annually, offers comprehensive cancer treatments for a broad range of cancers, including thoracic, breast, brain, spine, blood, bone, gynecologic and genitourinary.

University Hospital is part of SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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