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American College of Surgeons Recognizes The Cancer Center at Good Sam

January 13th, 2018

The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the cancer program at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center for the fifth consecutive survey, 15 years in a row. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed  the CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey. 

Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, Good Samaritan takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists.  This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care. 

“Approval by the Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer,” said Chairman of the Cancer Committee and Radiation Oncology Johnny Kao, MD.  “Good Samaritan undergoes a rigorous evaluation process and review of performance every three years to maintain this prestigious standing.”

The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Good Samaritan to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care.  When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

For more information on cancer services at Good Samaritan, call 631-376-4444 or visit