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Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Services Earns National Recognition -7/8/05

Memorial Hospital’s cancer services recently received “Outstanding Achievement Recognition” honors from the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer (CoC), based upon a November 2004 survey of 445 CoC nationally accredited hospitals. Only seven percent of hospitals surveyed were recognized for obtaining the highest level of achievement in cancer services, and Memorial Hospital’s was the only program in the state of Colorado to earn this distinction. The CoC survey included a comprehensive list of diagnostic and treatment measures—including patient guidelines, outcome analysis, prevention and early detection, and cancer-related improvements.

“The Commission on Cancer accreditation is the standard by which the best cancer facilities in the country are measured,” says Teresa Heckel, Memorial’s associate administrator of oncology services. “Our achieving the CoC’s highest rating speaks to the commitment of each physician, nurse and staff member involved in cancer care at Memorial Hospital. This dedicated team is always looking for strategic and innovative ways to care for our patients.”

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to reducing the morbidity and mortality of cancer through education, standard-setting and monitoring the quality of cancer care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 40 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.