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Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program receives national achievement award

The Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons for the third time. Virtua Fox Chase is the only program in New Jersey to win the award three times.

Ninety programs, including the Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program, received the Outstanding Achievement Award as a result of surveys performed in 2010. This number represents approximately 17 percent of programs surveyed in the United States during this period. A majority of recipients are community-based facilities; however, teaching hospitals, NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, Pediatric, and Network Cancer Programs also received the award.

“We are honored to receive this distinguished award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons,” says Kim Mazzei, AVP of Virtua’s oncology program. “This recognition is truly a testament to our comprehensive cancer program, which offers a highly integrated team of oncology specialists who are dedicated to providing preventative, diagnostic and treatment services of the highest quality to our patients.”

Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award 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 seven standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.
The level of compliance with the seven standards is determined during an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival 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 representatives of 47 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

The Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program offers a full range of services including advanced diagnostics, radiation oncology, minimally-invasive surgery and clinical trials. In addition, Virtua also offers genetic testing, patient navigation, support groups and exercise programs for cancer patients.


 

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.