Upstate News

July 20, 2009
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

University Hospital receives high praise for its cancer care from national medical group

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — University Hospital, the teaching hospital of Upstate Medical University, has been granted a three-year (2009 to 2012) approval award with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons in recognition of the quality and caliber of the its cancer program. University is the only hospital in Syracuse with a cancer program accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This is the third consecutive three-year commendation the hospital has received by the ACS.

The Commission on Cancer reserved its highest marks—compliance with commendation—for University Hospital in many areas, including cancer prevention and early detection programs, clinical improvements and community outreach.

In addition, the commission report called the hospital’s cancer clinical trial enrollment “phenomenal.” More than 700 patients have been enrolled in up to 100 cancer-related clinical trials over the past four years.

“We’re grateful for the continued recognition of the Commission on Cancer,” said Leslie J. Kohman, M.D., professor of surgery and cancer liaison physician to the Commission on Cancer. “It acknowledges the quality of our cancer care and our commitment to the well-being of our patients and their families.”

Oncologist Sheila Lemke, M.D., who chairs the hospital’s cancer committee, said the commendation speaks to the quality of care offered to patients with cancer. “This recognition speaks to the quality and breadth of our cancer program, whether its patient education, research or clinical care.”

The commendation ensures that all patients receiving cancer care at University Hospital have access to comprehensive care, including state-of-the-art services and equipment; a multidisciplinary team approach to treatment; information on clinical trials and new treatment options; cancer-related information; support and education; and a cancer registry that collects data on cancers, treatment and offers lifelong patient follow-up.

The commendation designation follows a rigorous review of the cancer program’s operations and care standards.

Among its many functions, the Commission on Cancer sets standards of quality for patient care and surveys facilities to evaluate compliance with 36 standards set by the commission. Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Its membership includes fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 40 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

University Hospital offers comprehensive cancer treatments for a broad range of cancers, including thoracic, breast, brain, spine, blood, bone, gynecologic and genitourinary.

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