Riddle Hospital’s Cancer Center Receives National Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer

Riddle Hospital’s Cancer Center, part of Main Line
Health, has been granted The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American
College of Surgeons (ACS) 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award. The award
is presented to a select group of 74 accredited cancer programs
throughout the United States. Criteria were based on qualitative and
quantitative surveys conducted in 2013. Riddle is one of two hospitals
in Pennsylvania to receive this distinction.

“This award reflects the dedicated staff who deliver a superior patient
experience,” said Gary Perecko, president, Riddle
Hospital
. “Each day our cancer experts focus on ensuring patients
receive the most appropriate, comprehensive care with the goal of
improving outcomes and saving lives. The recognition further assures our
patients that they have access to advanced care and technology in their
community.”

The purpose of the award is to raise the bar on quality cancer care,
with the ultimate goal of increasing awareness about comprehensive
cancer care 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 quality-care
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 Daniel P. McKellar, MD, FACS, 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 74 award-winning, cancer-care programs represent approximately 14
percent of programs surveyed by the CoC in 2013. Main Line Health has
four cancer centers that serve Philadelphia and its western suburbs.
Each one is accredited by the CoC and fall into the following
categories: Bryn Mawr and Paoli
Hospital
: Comprehensive Community Care Program (CCCP); Lankenau
Medical Center
: Academic Comprehensive Care Program (ACAD); and Riddle
Hospital
: Community Cancer Program (CCP). For a list of the award
winning cancer programs visit: www.facs.org/cancer/coc/outstandingachievement2013list.html