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Top Award to Marian Cancer Center with Commendations


The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has awarded Marian Cancer Center the highest accreditation available to a community cancer program, raising the standard of care to the designation of a Comprehensive Cancer Program.

“This is significant because when a cancer program moves from a ranking of community level care to the level of a comprehensive cancer program, it demonstrates healthcare excellence only few community cancer programs can achieve,” says Monica Rocco, M.D., Surgical Director, Marian Cancer Center program.

Marian Cancer Center recently received a three-year accreditation approval and eight commendations for exceptional performance in the areas of clinical services, research, cancer data management, cancer committee leadership, community outreach and quality improvement.

“The accreditation is based on a rigorous evaluation process which reviews our cancer program’s performance as it relates to cancer prevention, early diagnosis, pretreatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment rehabilitation, end-of-life care and a host of other important facets of a cancer program,” says Robert Dichmann, M.D., Medical Director, Marian Cancer Center program.

 Adds Dr. Dichmann, “Approval by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancers. Cancer programs earning this honor from the CoC are recognized as a high-quality cancer program. Only one in four hospitals that treat cancer patients receive this special approval.”

Since 1996 Marian’s cancer program’s team has provided a full spectrum of oncology care which includes prevention, detection, diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment, minimally invasive surgery, clinical research, rehabilitation and continuing education support. Our specialized team consists of Board Certified medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, nurse navigators, technologists, therapists, social workers and spiritual care providers.

Charles J. Cova, President/CEO, Marian Medical Center added, “The excellent work demonstrated by the Marian Cancer Center program is really the collaborative effort of many highly skilled individuals throughout the hospital who provide quality compassionate care to our cancer patients and their families.”

 Katherine Guthrie, Director of Cancer Services, CHW Central Coast Service Areas says, “We are so pleased and honored to be recognized for the comprehensive, quality cancer care we provide. This comprehensive cancer program accreditation speaks to the work of our dedicated physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals.”

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC 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.

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