Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) was recently presented with the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). PMC is one of a select group of only 27 healthcare facilities in the nation and three in Kentucky with accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for surveys performed July 1 - Dec. 31, 2015. This marks the third consecutive survey cycle for which PMC has received the award.
The Outstanding Achievement Award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.
The purpose of the award is to raise awareness regarding the importance of providing quality cancer care at healthcare institutions throughout the nation. In addition, it is intended to:
• Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care
• Facilitate dialogue between award recipients and healthcare professionals
at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices
• Encourage honorees to serve as quality-care resources to other cancer programs
• Educate cancer patients on available quality-care options
PMC’s cancer program was evaluated on 34 standards categorized within one of four activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services and quality improvement. The cancer program was further evaluated on seven commendation standards.
To be eligible for the Outstanding Achievement Award, cancer programs must receive commendation ratings in all seven commendation standards in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 27 other standards. PMC was awarded the highest level of achievement, “Three-Year Commendation – Gold level.”
Quality standards established by the CoC for cancer programs ensure:
- Comprehensive care, including a complete range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
- A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best available treatment options
- Information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options
- Access to prevention and early detection programs, cancer education and support services
- A cancer registry that offers lifelong follow-up
- Ongoing monitoring and improvements in cancer care
- Quality care, close to home
PMC officials are honored that the hospital is once again a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award.
“We are so excited to earn the Outstanding Achievement Award,” said Medical Oncologist, Infectious Disease Specialist and Cancer Committee Chair Tamara Musgrave, MD. “After an intense review of all our services, we were awarded Gold status with seven commendations.”
Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins said, “PMC’s cancer program is staffed with knowledgeable, caring and compassionate individuals. Our cancer patients can be confident that they are receiving quality care without having to travel outside of the region.”
“I’m very pleased that for the third consecutive time, our cancer program has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer,” said President/CEO Walter E. May. “This award is not easy to achieve and reflects the ongoing commitment of our hospital, oncologists and staff to providing quality cancer care, close to home.”