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Mercy Medical Center Earns Highest Honors for Cancer Care

13 February, 2017

Rockville Centre, NY - The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons, has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Gold-Level Commendation to Mercy Medical Center’s cancer program. This prestigious recognition signifies compliance with all 34 CoC standards at the time of the survey plus 7 commendations, earning Mercy the third consecutive CoC Outstanding Achievement Award. Also, the program has the distinction of having maintained CoC accreditation for 46 consecutive years, since 1970.

“This latest recognition from the CoC affirms the high level of expertise and dedication offered to our cancer patients,” commented Mercy’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Ron Steimel. “Many thanks to the Cancer Committee and to each and every team member for this prestigious achievement.”

To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed the CoC quality standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered care. Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey. A program achieving all seven commendation standards with no deficiencies is recognized at the Gold-Level with the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, 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. Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, Mercy takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases requiring consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists. This collaboration results in improved patient care.

For more information about Mercy’s award-winning cancer program, please call (516) 62-MERCY.