March 28, 2011
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to Willis-Knighton Cancer Center as a result of surveys performed during 2010. Willis-Knighton Cancer Center is one of a select group of 90 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 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. Ninety programs or just 17% of the programs surveyed, including Willis-Knighton’s received the OAA as a result of surveys performed in 2010.
In addition to this accreditation, the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center’s Department of Radiation Oncology is accredited by both the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) and the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Opened in 2000, the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center provides a wide range of treatment options for cancer patients including radiation oncology, medical oncology and hematology, surgical oncology and gynecologic oncology. The Cancer Center provides diagnostic services such as PET, X-ray, CT and laboratory. It also offers social services counseling, nutritional counseling, educational resources, community education programs and support groups.