Martin Health System was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The system is one of only 79 U.S. healthcare facilities with accredited cancer programs to receive the national honor for surveys performed last year, according to a news release. The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.
“Cancer affects a tremendous number of people in our community and we are committed to offering access to comprehensive care for patients and their families,” Deb Lewandowski, assistant vice president for oncology services at Martin Health, said in the release. “This award is recognition of the skill, professionalism and dedication of everyone involved in our cancer program. From our affiliated physicians to our associates and volunteers, everyone has a single focus provide the best possible care to each patient who comes through our door.”
Martin Healths cancer program, including outpatient care at the Robert and Carol Weissman Cancer Center, was evaluated on 29 program standards categorized within one of four cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services and quality improvement. The program was further evaluated on eight commendation standards. To be eligible, all award recipients must have received commendation ratings in seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 29 other standards.