Elmhurst Hospital earns national recognition for cancer care

March 07, 2019
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Elmhurst Hospital was recently awarded the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

Elmhurst Hospital is one of only four Illinois hospitals and 24 hospitals in the U.S. to earn the award for cancer surveys performed Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018. Elmhurst has been recognized with the Outstanding Achievement Award for four consecutive survey cycles, which are done every three years – 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018.

The purpose of the award is to encourage cancer programs to raise the bar on quality cancer care, with the ultimate goal of increasing awareness about high quality, patient-centered care. In addition, the award is intended to:

  • Recognize those cancer programs that achieve excellence meeting the CoC standards
  • Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of quality cancer care
  • Facilitate dialogue between award recipients and healthcare professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices
  • Encourage honorees to serve as quality care resources to other cancer programs

Elmhurst Hospital’s cancer program was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within five cancer program activity areas: program management, clinical services, continuum of care services, patient outcomes and data quality. The cancer program was further evaluated on seven commendation standards. To be eligible, all award recipients must have received commendation ratings in all seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 27 other standards.

Elmhurst Hospital, part of the Edward-Elmhurst Health system, provides state-of-the-art cancer care at the Nancy W. Knowles Cancer Center. The cancer program is accredited by the ACS, CoC and National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers.

Cancer treatment at Elmhurst Hospital features multidisciplinary clinics, genetic testing, the latest clinical trials, and surgical options, including CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery and da Vinci robotic surgery.

Elmhurst Hospital cancer patients benefit from the expertise of medical and radiation oncologists who work closely with primary care physicians and surgeons to coordinate care and develop individualized treatment plans. Physicians are supported by oncology certified nurses, radiation therapists, nurse navigators, social workers, dietitians, chaplains and other healthcare providers.

For more information, visit www.eehealth.org/services/cancer.