Published on March 01, 2015

Pottstown Memorial Medical Center Receives National Outstanding Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer

Award recognizes cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing highest quality care to cancer patients.

Pottstown, PA - March, 2015 - Pottstown Memorial Medical Center was recently presented with the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Pottstown Memorial Medical Center is one of a select group of only 75 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 health care 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.

"This recognition is truly a remarkable accomplishment for a community-based cancer center and would not be possible without the diligence of Pottstown Memorial Regional Cancer Center's multidisciplinary cancer care team," says J. Mark McLoone, FACHE, CEO. "Our cancer team has worked extremely hard every day for the past four cycles and has been recognized with this prestigious award, as a result, on four consecutive opportunities (2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014) to document that PMRCC provides exceptional cancer care and meets national standards of care. As noted by the CoC, our providers do more than meet national standards, they exceed them."

Pottstown Memorial Medical Center's cancer program was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within one of four cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, and quality improvement. The cancer program was further evaluated on seven commendation standards.

To be eligible, all award recipients must have received commendation ratings in all seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 27 other standards.

For a list of all cancer programs in the U.S. that received the award in 2014 visit: HTTPS://WWW.FACS.ORG/QUALITY-PROGRAMS/CANCER/ACCREDITED/ABOUT/OUTSTANDING/2014

About Pottstown Memorial Medical Center
Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, a 232-bed, acute care hospital, is accredited by The Joint Commission. The medical staff includes 260 physicians representing 40 medical specialties and is committed to serving the healthcare needs of residents in Pottstown and the surrounding areas.

The hospital offers an extensive range of services including inpatient and outpatient, medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, diagnostic and emergency care as well as primary care though family practice and pediatric offices throughout the area and Priority Care Urgent Care in Exeter.

A full continuum of care is provided to patients through a dedicated team of physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers. Pottstown Memorial Medical Center strives to exceed patient expectations, while delivering compassionate, safe, quality care.

For more information and a complete listing of services, please visit POTTSTOWNMEMORIAL.COM

Distinctions

2013 Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission

Orthopedics:

  • Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Hip and Knee replacement
  • Blue Distinction Center for Hip and Knee from Independence Blue Cross

Primary Stroke Center:

  • Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval
  • Gold Plus Distinction, AHA Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines

Regional Cancer Center:

  • Four time recipient of Accreditation with Commendation/Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

About the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
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 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: WWW.FACS.ORG/CANCER/INDEX.HTML.