April 28, 2010

Sumner Cancer Center Receives Outstanding Achievement Award

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted its 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award to a select group of 82 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States including the Sumner Cancer Center at Sumner Regional Medical Center.


Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The award is granted to accredited facilities that demonstrate a Commendation-level of compliance with six standards that represent five areas of cancer program activity. The level of compliance is determined by an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 30 cancer program standards.

The Commission on Cancer surveyed 432 cancer programs in 2009 and eighty-two programs (or 18%) received the Outstanding Achievement Award.  The Sumner Cancer Center program was recognized for outstanding achievement in five areas:  Outcomes analysis, Abstracting timeframe; Quality of NCDB data submission; Clinical trial accrual; Prevention and early detection; and Cancer-related improvements.


“It is an honor for our cancer center to be recognized as an accredited program with commendation by the Commission on Cancer,” explains Robert McClure, MD, Radiation Oncology, Sumner Cancer Center Medical Director. “We have a strong commitment to provide high quality cancer care to our patients and we are extremely pleased to be recognized for our efforts.”


Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. The core functions of the Committee includes setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards; collecting standardized, high-quality data from accredited facilities; and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state and local level. The Sumner Cancer Center is one of 1,400 CoC-accredited facilities in the US and Puerto Rico. Only 25% of cancer programs hold accreditation from the CoC. Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to the full quality spectrum of comprehensive cancer care close to home.


Photo:  Medical Staff members comprising the SRMC Cancer Committee include:
Top Row (L to R):  Robert McClure, MD, Radiation Oncology; Dianna Shipley, MD, Medical Oncology; Jeff Hollis, MD, General Surgery; Mathew Joseph, MD, Medical Oncology; and Louis Seibert, MD, Pathology.
Bottom Row (L to R):  Glenn Nabors, MD, Radiology; Leila August, MD, Family Medicine; James Meadows, MD, Hospice and Pallative Care; William Faith, MD, Pulmonary Medicine; and Hermogenes Battad, MD, Pulmonary Medicine.


About Sumner Regional Medical Center

Sumner Regional Medical Center is a progressive, 155-bed acute care facility in Gallatin, Tenn. The hospital offers a full range of diagnostic, surgical, therapeutic, women’s and rehabilitative services. SRMC has served Sumner County for 49 years. Learn more at www.mysumnermedical.com.



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