Oncology program at Texas Health Dallas Receives Outstanding Achievement Award
05/19/2009

DALLAS — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons, one of the highest honors for cancer programs in the United States.

Dr. Pat Fulgham is surgical director of oncology at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

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“This recognizes the hard work of all the people in our program, from administrators to nurses and physicians,” said Dr. Pat Fulgham, surgical director of oncology at Texas Health Dallas. “Receiving this designation validates Texas Health Dallas’ commitment to clinical excellence and compassionate, patient-centered care.”

The Outstanding Achievement Award is the highest accreditation given by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Only eight hospitals in Texas have received the designation.

“It’s flattering for our program to receive an honor like this, but the award itself isn’t what’s important,” said Dr. Jivesh Sharma, an oncologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas. “What’s significant is that it means we’re providing quality care, using evidence-based medicine with a multidisciplinary approach to treating each patient individually.”

It’s the second time Texas Health Dallas has received the Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2005, Texas Health Dallas was one of only two medical centers in Texas to receive the honor. Texas Health Dallas recently received commendations in all nine categories for a community hospital to be designated an approved cancer center by the Commission on Cancer.

To qualify as an approved cancer center, a hospital must treat a high number of cancer patients each year, provide a full range of diagnostic and treatment services, and participate in clinical research. The hospital must also provide a cancer registry that follows patients from diagnosis through treatment and offers lifelong follow-up.

The oncology process improvement committee at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

The oncology process improvement committee at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas uses a multi-disciplinary approach, from administrators and registrars to nurses and physicians, to meet the rigorous standards of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

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Texas Health Dallas exceeded the criteria in all categories. With its strong performance in the nine categories for approved cancer centers, Texas Health Dallas was eligible for the Outstanding Achievement Award.

“We’re honored by the award because only institutions that meet the high standards set by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer receive this special recognition,” said Matt Schneider, administrative director of oncology at Texas Health Dallas. “Only one in four hospitals that treat cancer patients has approved cancer programs, and even fewer receive the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award. We’re proud to be part of this select group.”

Receiving accreditation involves meeting a complex set of requirements for a hospital’s oncology services. The application process, which included a site visit, requires that hospitals submit three years of data to demonstrate that the program meets the commission’s rigorous standards for providing comprehensive care for cancer patients, including state-of-the-art equipment and services, and maintaining a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

The patient data collected by certified tumor registrars at Texas Health Dallas is provided to researchers and organizations such as the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control to evaluate quality of care, outcomes, and screening and prevention programs.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 866-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. US News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.