Texas Health Plano Cancer Program Receives Outstanding Achievement Award|
PLANO, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano’s cancer program has received the 2008 New Program Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC). The award, which recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients, is the highest honor bestowed after the CoC’s initial survey of a cancer facility.
Last year, Texas Health Plano’s cancer program received top accreditation as an “approved cancer program” by the CoC, a designation only 25 percent of hospitals in the nation share. At that time, Texas Health Plano received a three-year accreditation with “commendation” in the community hospital category, the highest possible ranking.
The hospital demonstrated excellence in all 36 quality standards set by the CoC and exceeded the standards in nine out of nine possible areas of commendation — ranging from prevention and early detection programs to cancer outcomes analyses.
“This preeminent award is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of all of the staff, physicians and employees who are passionately involved in our cancer program, as well as to our recently retired president Philip Wentworth, whose leadership made this accomplishment possible,” said Dr. Jeffrey Canose, president of Texas Health Plano. “For patients, the award is another validation of our hospital’s constant commitment to providing clinical excellence and patient-safe care.”
The national accreditation and subsequent achievement award rank Texas Health Plano among the best cancer treatment facilities in the country, based on the commission’s findings. Only about 1,500 healthcare facilities in the country have earned the CoC’s “full commendation.” As for the recent award, only 93 programs participating in 2008 surveys earned an Outstanding Achievement Award, and only 20 of those received the New Program Outstanding Achievement Award.
“Texas Health Plano is positioned to become a destination cancer center for Collin County and North Texas,” said Carinsa Gaston, B.S., R.T.T., oncology program manager. “We are proud of what we’ve accomplished in a relatively short time including the opening of our dedicated radiation oncology center and our cancer program’s accreditation last summer, as well as this most recent New Program Outstanding Achievement Award. This provides our patients with an assurance of high quality of cancer care at Texas Health Plano.”
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