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Regional Cancer Center receives 2nd Outstanding Achievement Award — Ranks in top 17% of 1,500 Accredited

For Immediate Release

March 29, 2011

Contact:          Amy Wozniak

Director of Marketing

Morgan Hospital & Medical Center



Martinsville—The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to the Regional Cancer Center at Morgan Hospital & Medical Center as a result of surveys performed during 2010.  MHMC also received the three-year award after its first survey in 2007.

According to Vicki Stoughton-Elliff RN, program administrator of the Regional Cancer Center, the team of medical professionals is responsible for the success.  “This prestigious award recognizes our high standards in providing quality cancer treatment and places the MHMC amongst an elite group in the United States.”

MHMC is one of a select group of 90 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States.  This select group represents approximately seventeen percent (17%) of programs surveyed during this period.  A majority of recipients are community-based facilities; however, teaching hospitals, NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, Pediatric, and Network Cancer Programs also received the award.

“On behalf of our Board of Trustees and entire team, we first thank all our cancer patients, their families and to the entire Morgan County community for their meaningful support and trust of MHMC. This award recognizes the full scope, caliber and quality of our cancer care program as well as the skill and dedication of the MHMC team of professionals. And our thanks and congratulations is extended to our Medical Directors and all our doctors who engage in diagnosing and treating cancer, to our clinical staff, and especially to Stoughton-Elliff.  Their expertise and talents are second to none and deeply  appreciated” said MHMC President and CEO Tom Laux.

Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) 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 a Commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.

The level of compliance with the seven standards is determined during an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards.  Ninety programs, including Morgan Hospital & Medical Center received the OAA as a result of surveys performed in 2010.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer  is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.  Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and representatives of 47 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

The CoC’s core functions include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards; collecting standardized, high-quality data from accredited facilities; and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state, and local levels.  There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs representing 25 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.  These CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat 71 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.  Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to the full quality spectrum of comprehensive cancer care close to home.

In addition, cancer patients’ data are reported by each CoC-accredited cancer program to the CoC’s National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program with the American Cancer Society (ACS).  These data account for approximately two-thirds of all newly diagnosed cancer cases in the U.S. each year, and are used regularly to monitor the quality of patient care delivered in CoC-accredited cancer programs and to improve cancer care outcomes at both the national and local level.

The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program.  This information is shared with the public on the Cancer Programs page of the American College of Surgeons website at http://www.facs.org/cancer/index.html and through the American Cancer Society National Cancer Information Center at


For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit www.facs.org/cancer/index.html(.)


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