Upstate News

April 1, 2010
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate honored for outstanding cancer care

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Upstate University Hospital has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The hospital is one of only five accredited cancer programs surveyed in 2009 in New York state—and the only one outside of Metropolitan New York—to receive the award,

The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. A facility receives the OAA following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a top-level of compliance with six standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program and the 30 additional program standards within five areas of program activities (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement).

Upstate 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 continued recognition from the Commission on Cancer provides confirmation of the high level of integrated cancer care patients receive here at Upstate University Hospital,” said Leslie J. Kohman, M.D., SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and cancer liaison physician to the Commission on Cancer. “The recognition underscores our commitment to ensuring the Central New York has access to the very best in cancer care.”

Upstate University Hospital has been honored before by the Commission on Cancer. The hospital was granted its third consecutive three-year (2003-2012) commendation, recognizing outstanding cancer care, by the commission last year, and in 2007 the hospital received its first Outstanding Achievement Award.

Upstate 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.


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