CSM's Cancer Center Milwaukee Receives Outstanding Achievement Award

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Columbia St. Mary’s Cancer Center Milwaukee was recently presented with the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC).

Columbia St. Mary’s Cancer Center Milwaukee is one of only 20 accredited cancer programs in the United States to receive this award, which acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. Award criteria were based on qualitative and quantitative surveys conducted during the first half of 2015.

The purpose of the award is to raise the bar on quality cancer care, with the ultimate goal of increasing awareness about quality care choices among cancer patients and their loved ones. In addition, the award is intended to:

  • Recognize those cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.

  • Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care.

  • Facilitate dialogue between award recipients and health care professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices.

  • Encourage honorees to serve as quality-care resources to other cancer programs.        

“These 21 cancer programs currently represent the best of the best when it comes to cancer care,” says Daniel P. McKellar, MD, FACS, Chair of the Commission on Cancer. “Each of these facilities is not just meeting nationally recognized standards for the delivery of quality cancer care, they are exceeding them.”

Columbia St. Mary’s Cancer Center Milwaukee was evaluated on 34 program standards within one of four cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services and quality improvement. Programs are further evaluated on seven commendation standards.

Award recipients must have received commendation ratings in all seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 27 remaining cancer program standards.



About Columbia St. Mary’s
Columbia St. Mary's comprises four hospitals, Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee (including the Women’s Hospital), Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee, Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute and a partnership with the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin. In addition, there are 62 primary care clinics, the Columbia College of Nursing, and an affiliation with Madison Medical Affiliates. The system serves Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Sheboygan counties, with more than 165 years of service. Columbia St. Mary’s is transforming healthcare through its leading cardiovascular services, robotic surgery, Trilogy cancer technology, Bariatric Services, Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Center, Milwaukee Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Heitz Radiation Oncology Center, Regional Burn Center, Van Dyke Haebler Center for Women’s Imaging, Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, Wound Healing Centers, accredited chest pain centers, certified primary stroke centers, Wisconsin Chiari Center, and full women’s health services including the Heart Secrets Program. Columbia St. Mary's and its sponsor organizations, Ascension Health and Columbia Health System, share a mission to make a positive difference in the health status and lives of individuals in the community with a special concern for those who are vulnerable. For more information, visit columbia-stmarys.org.

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