Press Release

Mercy Medical Center Receives National Outstanding Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer

June 4th, 2014

Award recognizes cancer programs that achieve excellence
in providing highest quality care to cancer patients

(Rockville Centre, NY) – In the latest demonstration of Mercy Medical Center’s delivery of  the highest standards of patient care, the collaboration between Mercy and Memorial Sloan Kettering was presented with the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). Mercy is 1 of a select group of only 74 U.S. health care facilities with accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for surveys performed last year.  The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.

This designation demonstrates that Mercy meets the highest national standards for state-of-the-art cancer prevention, early diagnosis, pre-treatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support services, and end-of-life care.

Mercy’s cancer care services include the Bishop McGann Center for Oncology and Imaging, a dedicated inpatient cancer care unit, advanced gynecologic oncology services, the latest techniques in breast and brain surgery, and the Nassau County home of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, which offers advanced diagnostic techniques and treatment protocols in the MIRACLE Pavilion to patients who otherwise would have to travel long distances to receive state-of-the-art oncology care.

Recently, Mercy earned an “A”—the top grade in patient safety—in the latest Hospital Safety Score, administered by The Leapfrog Group. Of the more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals assigned scores for spring 2014, only 32% achieved an “A”.  Also, Mercy was named one of the “100 Great Community Hospitals in the U.S.” by Becker’s Hospital Review, based on its “quality of care and service to the community.” This is in addition to being recognized with the Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  In 2012, it was ranked among the Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.  Mercy also just earned, for the third time, the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus award.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Approval by the Commission on Cancer is given only to facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.