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​Cancer Program Receives Accreditation with Commendation

2012 Outstanding Achievement Award RecipientThe Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted three-year accreditation with commendation to the UPMC St. Margaret Cancer Program, part of UPMC CancerCenter.

A facility receives a three-year accreditation with commendation following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates commendable compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program. This includes cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement. Three-year accreditation with commendation is given to programs that receive a commendation rating for one or more standards and have no deficiencies.

Because our cancer program received the total number of possible commendations and had zero deficiencies, it was recognized at the highest level possible: Outstanding Achievement. This marks the second consecutive time the cancer program at UPMC St. Margaret has earned this status.

The CoC accreditation program sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of cancer care and that undergo a rigorous review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

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