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Sibley’s Cancer Center receives achievement award from Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons

April 12, 2010

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted its 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award to Sibley Memorial Hospital's Cancer Center, part of a select group of 82 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States. 

Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) 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 six standards that represent five areas of cancer program activity to include cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, research, community outreach and quality improvement. 

The level of compliance with the six standards is determined during an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 30 cancer program standards. Eighty-two programs received the OAA as a result of surveys performed in 2009. This number represents approximately 18 percent of the 432 programs surveyed during this period. Not only did Sibley's Cancer Center meet the basic standards, but also excelled in six areas where Commendation (1+) has been awarded. 

"We are honored to receive this award," said Collette M. Magnant, MD, breast surgeon and Director of Sibley's Breast Cancer Program. "It represents the collaborative work of many including physicians, oncology research nurses, cancer registry and others."

The CoC 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. 

"At Sibley we strive to provide the best care and to be leaders in all aspects of diagnosis and treatment." The Sibley Cancer Center is dedicated to comprehensive and coordinated care with state-of-the-art technology and recognized medical experts on staff. The center meets patient needs, from surgery to radiation oncology to psychosocial support.  It offers patients and their families a calm and private setting and the high level of patient care that is Sibley's hallmark.

Serving Washington, D.C. since 1890, Sibley Memorial Hospital is a 328-bed acute care nonprofit hospital.  Sibley is accredited by the Joint Commission and is licensed by the District of Columbia Department of Health and Human Services.

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