Good Samaritan Medical Center Receives National Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer
Outstanding Achievement Award is granted to only 74 Cancer care Facilities nationwide.
Good Samaritan Medical Center, a part of the Steward Health Care System, is honored to be one of the 74 Cancer Care Facilities to receive the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award from The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Good Samaritan is also the only facility in Massachusetts to be recognized among the 2013 award recipients. Award criteria were based on qualitative and quantitative surveys conducted last year. The purpose of the award is to raise the bar on quality cancer care, with the ultimate goal of increasing awareness about quality care choices among cancer patients and their loved ones.
The Good Samaritan Comprehensive Cancer Program gives patients access to some of the area’s leading board-certified medical and radiation oncologists, as well as highly skilled radiologists, surgeons, pathologists, nurses, therapists, dietitians, social workers, and other professional support staff dedicated to treating cancer patients.
“We could not be happier to receive this honor once again as it demonstrates our commitment to compete on a national level to bring the best in Cancer Treatment and Care to the community we serve,” said John A. Jurczyk, President of Good Samaritan Medical Center. “Good Samaritan works tirelessly to ensure that the services we offer embrace the latest technologies and treatments – giving our patients the peace of mind that they are in the very best hands.”
The 74 award-winning, cancer-care programs represent approximately 14 percent of programs surveyed by the CoC in 2013.
“These 74 cancer programs currently represent the best of the best—so to speak—when it comes to cancer care,” said Daniel P. McKellar, MD, FACS, Chair of the CoC. “Each of these facilities is not just meeting nationally recognized standards for the delivery of quality cancer care, they are exceeding them.”
Good Samaritan Medical Center’s cancer program was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within one of five cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, cancer conferences, clinical services and quality improvement. The program was further evaluated on seven commendation standards. To be eligible, all award recipients must have received commendation ratings in all seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 34 other standards.
About the Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award – Established in 2004, the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. Programs are evaluated on 34 cancer program standards categorized within one of five cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, cancer conferences, clinical services and quality improvement. Programs are further evaluated on seven commendation standards. Award recipients must have received commendation ratings in all seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 34 cancer program standards.