The Cancer Center at Good Sam Does It Again!
The Cancer Center at Good Samaritan has long been the diagnostic and treatment center of choice for tens of thousands of patients throughout Long Island. The future of the oncology service line is bright, with the addition of many new services, physicians and, in early 2019, the opening of the new Cancer Center at Good Samaritan on the grounds of Our Lady of Consolation Nursing Home.
Good Samaritan’s oncologists, surgeons, nurses and ancillary medical staff are some of the region’s best, many with outcomes that meet or exceed national standards. It is due to the commitment and dedication of these experts that the Cancer Center at Good Samaritan has been recognized with two of the nation’s highest oncology-related awards—the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Outstanding Achievement Award and full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
The CoC of the ACS has awarded its prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award to the Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center for the fifth consecutive survey, 15 years in a row. This recognition and tenure has been only earned by seven cancer programs nationwide. To receive the Outstanding Achievement Award, 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. 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.
In addition, Good Samaritan has, for the fourth consecutive survey, been granted a three-year/Full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program also administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.
During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
Recognition and Accreditation by both the CoC and NAPBC are given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Please join us in congratulating our award-winning oncology team for exemplifying excellence in all areas of cancer care and breast health.