The award makes Women & Infants one of a select group of 90 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States and the only dedicated women’s cancer program with such distinction in the region.
“This is a tremendous tribute to the hard work done every day at the Program in Women’s Oncology to help women with cancer,” said Cornelius “Skip” Granai III, MD, director of the program. “We draw together the best combination of technology, skill and compassion in the Program, offering our patients access to the latest research protocols through our affiliation with the prestigious Gynecologic Oncology Group, cutting-edge treatments and a host of integrative therapies.
“We have spent two decades examining how we care for women with cancer and asking ourselves ‘Can we do more?’ As a result, we offer the most specialized care in the region,” he noted.
Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.
The level of compliance with the seven standards is determined during an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards. Ninety programs, including the Program in Women’s Oncology, received the OAA as a result of surveys performed in 2010. This number represents approximately 17 percent of programs surveyed during this period. A majority of recipients are community-based facilities, although others were teaching hospitals like Women & Infants, which is affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
“Amazing things have happened at the Program in Women’s Oncology since its founding as the staff cares compassionately for cancer patients and tries to improve their overall quality of life,” agreed Constance A. Howes, president and CEO of Women & Infants. “This type of recognition is well deserved by the Program staff.”
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and representatives of 47 natinoal organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.
The Program in Women’s Oncology is one of more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs, representing 25 percent of all hospitals in the United States and Puerto Rico. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat 71 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.
Established in 1990, Women & Infants’ Program in Women’s Oncology has built an international reputation for the way its physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists and other staff can blend the highest quality of clinical care with a passion for tending a woman’s soul and including her family each step of the way.
In addition to patient care, teaching, education and research are top priorities in the Program in Women’s Oncology, which is an established leader at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and in the international research arena. Its clinicians sit on the boards of the nation’s most influential cancer treatment organizations. The projects tackled by our researchers have the potential to prevent breast and gynecologic cancers, or change the treatment of them.
About Women & Infants Hospital
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns and a U.S.News Best Hospital in Gynecology. The primary teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the seventh largest obstetrical service in the country with more than 8,500 deliveries per year. In 2009, Women & Infants opened the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.
New England’s premier hospital for women and newborns, Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.
Women & Infants (womenandinfants.org) has been designated as a Breast Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiography; a Center for In Vitro Maturation Excellence by SAGE In Vitro Fertilization; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health; and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group.