Cancer Center Award

The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons, granted its 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) to The Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital. The award was given to a select group of 75 accredited cancer programs in the U.S.

The Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital was one of only four CoC-accredited cancer centers in the state to receive this award.

“As Western Connecticut Health Network’s cancer services continue to expand access to advanced cancer care across Western Connecticut, this award also demonstrates Norwalk Hospital’s commitment to the highest standards of practice, the comprehensive services we provide, and the support we offer patients and their families as they deal with the complexities of cancer treatment,” said Thomas J. Rutherford, MD, PhD, Western Connecticut Health Network Physician Director of Cancer Services.

Established in 2004, the OAA recognizes cancer programs that demonstrate excellence by earning commendation for all applicable standards and providing quality care to patients with cancer. A program earns the OAA by completing the accreditation survey and receiving a Performance Report that indicates an accreditation award of “Three-Year with Commendation” outlining the commendation ratings for the seven commendation-level standards, and no deficiencies.

Currently there are seven commendation standards:

  • Clinical Trial Accrual
  • Cancer Registrar Education
  • Public Reporting of Outcomes
  • College of American Pathologists (CAP) Protocols
  • Nursing Care
  • Rapid Quality Report System (RQRS) Participation
  • Accuracy of Data

Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to the full quality spectrum of comprehensive cancer care close to home.