Saint Alphonsus Health System

Awards and Recognitions

The Saint Alphonsus Cancer Care Center holds membership and accreditation in several national organizations that recognize and advocate for quality cancer care. This includes a membership in the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), a national interdisciplinary organization that promotes the entire continuum of care for cancer patients and their communities.

American College of SurgeonsThe Cancer Care Center is also accredited through the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), leading organizations on establishing standards for improvement of cancer care.


Saint Alphonsus Cancer Care Center
Earns 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award

Commission on Cancer

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted the Saint Alphonsus Cancer Care Center the Outstanding Achievement Award.  The CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients and is considered the hallmark of excellence. The Saint Alphonsus Cancer Care Center is among only 19% of the programs surveyed who achieved this prestigious distinction.

 When patients receive care at a CoC accredited facility, they have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services including integrative care, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan. That plan documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.   This award validates the outstanding efforts made daily at the Cancer Care Center to improve quality of patient care through various cancer related programs that focus on the full spectrum of care.

“More and more, we’re finding that patients and their families want to know how the health care institutions in their communities compare with one another,” said Daniel P. McKellar, MD, FACS, Chair of the CoC.  “They want access to information in terms of who’s providing the best quality of care, and they want to know about overall patient outcomes.  Through this recognition program, I’d like to think we’re playing a small, but vital role, in helping them make informed decisions on their cancer care.”

ACS estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2013.  There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals.  CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients.  When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home.