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Lurie Cancer Center Named Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award Winner

March 2010

The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital has been named a 2009 Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award winner by the American College of Surgeons. The prestigious honor recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients and represents an elite group of hospitals across the country.

The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a Commendation level of compliance with six standards that represent five areas of cancer program activity – cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, research, community outreach and quality improvement. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 30 cancer program standards. Of 432 programs surveyed by the CoC in 2009, only 82 programs, or 18 percent, received an Outstanding Achievement Award.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer 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.

The Lurie Cancer Center is one of only six Illinois cancer programs to receive a 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award.

(Last updated on June 21, 2013 )