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Presbyterian receives Outstanding Achievement Award for Cancer Care

May 28, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Presbyterian Hospital was recently presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer for data submitted in 2013.

The Outstanding Achievement Award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. It is the first time any cancer program in New Mexico has received the award. Presbyterian Hospital is one of only 74 health care facilities, out of 1,500 cancer programs in the country accredited by the Commission on Cancer, to receive this national award.

“Presbyterian is committed to delivering compassionate, individualized cancer care for our patients,” said Dr. Mitchell Binder, medical director of the oncology service line at Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “We are honored to receive this outstanding achievement award and proud of our entire team for their dedication to providing high-quality cancer care to our patients.

The Commission on Cancer accreditation was granted to Presbyterian Hospital, and encompasses all Presbyterian facilities that provide cancer care in the Central New Mexico region, as well as the independent medical providers that belong to Presbyterian Hospital’s medical staff.

Presbyterian’s cancer program was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within one of five cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, cancer conferences, clinical services and quality improvement. To be eligible, all award recipients must have received a compliance rating for reach of the 34 other standards.

See a list of all 74 cancer programs in the United States that received the award in 2013 visit their website:
American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs


About the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer/accreditation program
Established in 1922 by the ACS, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program. The CoC’s accreditation program encourages hospitals, treatment centers and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs.

About Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian has eight hospitals, a statewide health plan, and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 10,000 employees.

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