Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast, which also includes French Hospital Medical Center and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, was recently honored by two separate, but equally impressive national cancer organizations.
The first award is the CEO Roundtable on Cancer’s CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ Award. This prestigious award recognizes the hospital’s efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for their employees and covered family members by promoting healthy lifestyle choices, encouraging early detection through cancer screenings and ensuring access to quality treatment.
The CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ Award calls for organizations to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace. To earn the Gold Standard accreditation, a company must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by discouraging tobacco use; encouraging physical activity; promoting healthy diet and nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages; and providing access to quality care, including participation in clinical trials.
“We are pleased to recognize the efforts of Marian Regional Medical Center and their dedication to health care that begins with improving the health and wellness of their own employees,” said Christopher A. Viehbacher, Chair of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer.
“In the same way that our employees care for their patients, Marian Regional Medical Center cares about the health of our employees and their families,” explains Charles J. Cova, President and CEO of Marian Regional Medical Center/Dignity Health Central Coast Service Area and Dignity Health Senior VP of Operations. “Marian Regional Medical Center is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of employees and their dependants by offering comprehensive health benefit plans and implementing special programs intended to reduce employees’ risks of developing cancer. Marian is proud to offer employees a continuum of exceptional health care screening, treatments and services that are among the best in any industry sector.”
The second award comes from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). Recently MRMC received the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award for recognition of a cancer program that strives for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. One of the areas MRMC was recognized for was research, and with the hospital’s affiliation with the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Marian puts the highest percentage of patients on clinical trials than any other UCLA satellite site.
In addition to these two recent awards, MRMC is also an honoree of the highest accreditation available to a community cancer program, raising the standard of care to the designation of a Comprehensive Cancer Program. 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.