PIH Health Receives Outstanding Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
Whittier, Calif. (March 11, 2020) – The Comprehensive Community Cancer Program at PIH Health Whittier Hospital received an Outstanding Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). This award is granted to accredited cancer programs that exceed compliance expectations of the CoC standards.
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons granted its 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award to a select group of 49 accredited cancer programs throughout the U.S. Award criteria were based on qualitative and quantitative surveys of cancer programs conducted throughout the year.
“We are truly honored to receive this award, which demonstrates the hard work of the entire cancer team as they continuously strive to provide excellent comprehensive and compassionate care for our patients,” said James R. West, PIH Health president and chief executive officer. “From screening and prevention to treatment, our Comprehensive Community Cancer Program at PIH Health Whittier Hospital works as a multi-disciplinary team to surround our patients with the treatment and support they need, in an accredited facility that they can trust.”
The purpose of the Outstanding Achievement Award is to raise the bar on cancer treatment, with the ultimate goal of increasing awareness about choices among cancer patients and their loved ones. In addition, the award is intended to:
- Recognize those cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients
- Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care
- Facilitate dialogue between award recipients and health care professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices
- Encourage honorees to serve as resources to other cancer programs
“More and more, we’re finding that patients and their families want to know how the health care institutions in their communities compare with one another,” said Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, MACP, Chair of the CoC. “They want access to information in terms of who’s providing the best quality of care, and they want to know about overall patient outcomes. Through this recognition program, I’d like to think we’re playing a small but vital role in helping them make informed decisions on their cancer care.”
The 49 award-winning cancer care programs represent approximately seven percent of programs surveyed by the CoC in 2019.
“These cancer programs currently represent the best of the best when it comes to cancer care,” added Shulman. “Each of these facilities is not just meeting nationally recognized standards for the delivery of quality cancer care, they are exceeding them.”
The Comprehensive Community Cancer Program at PIH Heath Whittier Hospital is an acknowledged regional Center of Excellence for cancer services in southeast Los Angeles and north Orange County, and the San Gabriel Valley. The cancer program has a renowned team of cancer specialists, radiation oncologists, hematologists and oncologists, colorectal surgeons, gynecological surgeons, breast surgeons, reconstructive surgeons, pathologists, radiologists and ancillary staff. Learn more at PIHHealth.com/CancerCare.