Monday, April 11, 2011

Good Samaritan Earns Outstanding Cancer Care Award

BROCKTON--The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to Good Samaritan Medical Center for its Comprehensive Cancer Program as a result of surveys performed during 2010, the hospital announced in a prepared statement.
Established in 2004, the Commission on Cancer's Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.
The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a Commendation level of compliance with standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.
Good Samaritan Medical Center received all eight available commendations.
The Commission on Cancer was established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons. It is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.
"Our cancer program is comprehensive,” said Dr. Rohini Sakhuja, chairman of Good Samaritans Cancer Care Committee and director of the Pathology and Medical Lab.
“Patients are discussed with surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, and pathologists. It’s a team approach to provide the best treatment for our patients,”Sakhuja said.
Good Samaritan is one of three in Massachusetts to achieve this award from the Commission on Cancer. The other two are Lowell General Hospital and Mercy Medical Center in Springfield.
A multi-disciplinary Cancer Care Committee, which is chaired by Dr. Sakhuja, who is also the chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, oversees all activities of the cancer program at Good Samaritan Medical Center.
Eric Wojcik, Director of Oncology, coordinates the various aspects of the Comprehensive Cancer Program at Good Samaritan.
Good Samaritan Medical Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program.
Cancer program activities include weekly oncology conferences, a cancer registry, a quality management program, and a community outreach program that is actively involved in improving the health of our local community.

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