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Cayuga Medical Center’s Cancer Program Receives National Honor






Contact: John W. Turner, Vice President of Public Relations, Cayuga Medical Center, 607-274-4499; Liz Heath, Cayuga Medical Center (607) 274-4498,

Outstanding Achievement Award Given to Cayuga Cancer Center from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer


June 28, 2013, Ithaca, New York- The Cayuga Cancer Center was recently presented with the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award by the College of Surgeons' (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). Cayuga Cancer Center is one of the select groups of only 79 US healthcare facilities with accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for surveys preformed last year. The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The purpose of the award is to raise awareness on the importance of providing quality cancer care at healthcare institutions throughout the US. In addition, it is intended to:

  • Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care, and best practices.

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

  • Educate cancer patients on available quality-care options.

John Rudd, CEO and president of Cayuga Medical Center said "This is a true validation of the extraordinary efforts that have occurred over the past ten years at our cancer care services. This honor was accomplished as a result of the dedicated efforts of our staff, key members of our medical staff, our community partners and our partnership with Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Kudos to all as this greatly benefits our community beyond words."

Cayuga Cancer Center's program was evaluated on 29 program standards categorized within one of four cancer program activity areas: Cancer Committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services and quality improvement. Our program was further evaluated on eight commendation standards. To be eligible, all award recipients must have received commendation ratings in seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 29 other standards.

The Cayuga Cancer Center at CMC is a multi-disciplinary collaboration of Cayuga Hematology and Oncology Associates (CHOA), Cayuga Medical Center Services: Radiation Oncology; Infusion; Imaging; Pathology; Surgical; Laboratory; Social Work; Oncology; and Spiritual Care, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and community partnerships with the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, Hospice and Palliative Care, and the American Cancer Society.

Cayuga Medical Center is a 204-bed, state-of-the art regional medical center and is affiliated with many prestigious health care organizations including Cornell University's Weill Medical College in New York City, Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, The Sands-Constellation Heart Institute (SCHI) at Rochester General Health System in Rochester, NY, and Mayo Medical Laboratories. For more information on services available at the medical center and its satellite campuses, please visit or call (607) 274-4498.  





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