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Published on March 28, 2012

Community Hospital cancer center wins 2nd Outstanding Achievement Award

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MONTEREY, Calif. — For the second time, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s Comprehensive Cancer Center has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

The award, one of 106 presented nationwide for 2011, recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.

“Each year, more than 700 people who have been newly diagnosed with cancer come through our doors,” says Dr. Steven Packer, president/CEO of Community Hospital. “This award recognizes the work that we do to ensure that each of them gets the best and most appropriate care possible.”

The award is granted to centers that demonstrate a "commendation level" in seven standards that represent the full scope of the treatment program and achieve a compliance rating for 29 additional standards.

During rigorous onsite visits, a physician-surveyor evaluates centers in areas including clinical services, research, community outreach, quality improvement, cancer data management, and cancer committee leadership.

Community Hospital has been accredited as a "comprehensive cancer center" by the Commission on Cancer since 1995. To be considered for the comprehensive designation, a center must have 650 or more newly diagnosed cancer cases each year; provide a full range of diagnostic and treatment services; have members of the medical staff who are board-certified in the major medical specialties, including oncology where available and participate in clinical research. To achieve the designation, a center must meet quality-of-care standards set by the commission and reviewed every three years during on-site visits.

A broad range of cancer care services are provided by Community Hospital and its medical staff, including chemotherapy, radiation oncology, weekly case reviews by a multidisciplinary panel, and breast care at the Carol Hatton Breast Care Center, recognized as a Breast Care Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

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ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 207 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/