Award Winning Cancer Services
St. Luke's Earns Most Prestigious
National Cancer Award
St. Luke's is the only program in PA to earn the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award in 2010 and for third consecutive survey cycle
St. Luke's University Health Network has earned the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. St. Luke's is the first and only program in Pennsylvania to have received this top distinction from the CoC three consecutive survey cycles. St. Luke's is also the only hospital in PA to receive this award for 2010.
The award is the top distinction attainable by cancer programs across the country. To be considered for the award, St. Luke's first earned the highest level of accreditation available from the CoC, a three-year Approval with Commendation as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program.
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 six standards that represent five areas of cancer program activity (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement), in addition to a compliance rating for an additional 30 standards. The level of compliance with the six standards is determined during an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor.
“Receiving this type of recognition validates the quality of the work and the level of care the St. Luke's cancer team provides day in and day out,” says Lee B. Riley, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Oncology Services, St. Luke's University Health Network. “I am truly honored to be a part of such an outstanding group of oncology professionals, and to know our patients are truly receiving the highest level of cancer care anywhere.”
About the Commission on Cancer
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates 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 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.
About St. Luke's Cancer Centers
St. Luke's Cancer Centers provide care to approximately 2,200 new patients each year, offering general cancer care as well as advanced programs for melanoma, lung, breast, prostate, gynecological and gastrointestinal cancers, and brain and spine tumors.