Inova Cancer Center – Alexandria Receives National Outstanding Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer

ALEXANDRIA VA – (June 7, 2013) – The Inova Joseph Viar Jr. and Bonnie Christ Cancer Center – Alexandria was recently presented with the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC).  Inova Alexandria Hospital is one of a select group of only 79 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.

The purpose of the award is to raise awareness on the importance of providing quality cancer care at healthcare institutions throughout the U.S.  In addition, it is intended to:

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

“We’re committed to providing the best, most comprehensive care for our patients,” said Matthew Poggi, MD, medical director, “This designation lets our patients know that they are receiving first-class care from a facility that has achieved a superior level of expertise and that has a dedicated team of nurses and physicians.”

The Center was evaluated on 29 program standards categorized within one of four cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services and quality improvement.  Our program was further evaluated on eight commendation standards.  To be eligible, all award recipients must have received commendation ratings in seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 29 other standards.

Media Contact: Allison Kenty, 703-504-3840

About Inova
Inova is a not-for-profit health care system located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, serving over two million people with over 1,700 licensed beds across based in Northern Virginia.  Inova consists of five hospitals including the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center for critical patients and Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care unit.  Inova encompasses many health services including the nationally and internationally recognized Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) on genomics, Inova Neuroscience Institute and Inova Children’s Hospital.  Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research.  More information and statistics about Inova is at www.inova.org.
About the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer/accreditation program.
Established in 1922 by the ACS, 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 experi-ence 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: www.facs.org/cancer/index.html

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About Inova
Inova is a not-for-profit health care system located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, serving over two million people with over 1,700 licensed beds based in Northern Virginia. Inova consists of five hospitals including the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care unit. Inova encompasses many health services including the nationally and internationally recognized Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) on genomics, Inova Neuroscience Institute and Inova Children’s Hospital. Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. More information and statistics about Inova is at www.inova.org.