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2015 News

Published on April 01, 2015

Community Hospital one of four hospitals in California to earn Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2014


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MONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula has received the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons for the third consecutive time. The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. Community Hospital is one of a select group of only 75 United States healthcare facilities, and one of only 4 California facilities, to receive this national honor for surveys performed last year.

Community Hospital’s on-site visit by CoC representatives resulted in the award, which demonstrates that the hospital is meeting the highest national standards for cancer prevention, early diagnosis, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

The award raises awareness about the importance of providing quality cancer care at healthcare institutions throughout the U.S.  In addition, it:

  • Motivates other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care.
  • Facilitates dialogue between award recipients and healthcare professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices.
  • Encourages honorees to serve as quality-care resources to other cancer programs.
  • Educates cancer patients on available quality-care options.

”We are exceptionally pleased to receive this award for the third consecutive time,” says Phillip Williams, director of Community Hospital’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. “More than 700 cancer patients are diagnosed and/or treated at our center each year, and we are proud to be recognized for the work our staff and volunteers do to provide the best care possible for our patients.”                                 

Community Hospital’s cancer program was evaluated on 34 standards in four areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, and quality improvement. The cancer program was further evaluated on seven commendation standards.  To achieve the award, programs must have received commendation ratings in all seven standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 27 other standards. 

Community Hospital has been accredited as a "comprehensive cancer center" by the CoC since 1995. To be considered for the comprehensive designation, a center must have 500 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. The center is affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco’s Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, enhancing patient care resources and providing access to clinical trials.

For a list of all cancer programs in the U.S. that received the award in 2014 visit:




CommunityHospital of the MontereyPeninsula, 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 220 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 MontereyPeninsula 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 CentralCoast, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about CommunityHospital of the MontereyPeninsula at



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.  The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program.  The CoC’s accreditation program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs.  For more information on the CoC, visit:

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