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Oncology Program at Texas Health Dallas Receives Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons
06/25/2012

Greg Johnson, diagnosed with stage-4 colon cancer four years ago, is a competitive triathlete today. He credits the care he received at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas with saving his life.
Greg Johnson, diagnosed with stage-4 colon cancer four years ago, is a competitive triathlete today. He credits the care he received at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas with saving his life.
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DALLAS — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has once again been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons, one of the highest honors for cancer programs in the United States.

“This recognizes the hard work of all the people in our program, from administrators to nurses and physicians,” said Dr. Pat Fulgham, surgical director of oncology at Texas Health Dallas. “Receiving this designation validates Texas Health Dallas’ commitment to clinical excellence and compassionate, patient-centered care.”

The Outstanding Achievement Award is the highest accreditation given by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Only five hospitals in Texas — and 106 nationwide — received the honor this year.

It’s the third time Texas Health Dallas has received the Outstanding Achievement Award. To earn accreditation, the Texas Health Dallas Oncology program was assessed by a physician surveyor during a site visit in 2011. Accredited facilities must demonstrate compliance in 36 cancer program standards. The Outstanding Achievement award is reserved for programs that not only meet minimum requirements but excel in seven areas, including cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

“Meeting the demanding standards of the Commission on Cancer requires a high level of commitment from providers and administrators,” Dr. Fulgham said. “We are very proud to be among those facilities recognized for excellence in cancer care.”

Medical centers accredited by the Commission on Cancer diagnose and treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.

To qualify as an approved cancer center, a hospital must incorporate national treatment guidelines into clinical care, monitor and report on their quality, provide a full range of diagnostic and treatment services, and participate in clinical research. Cancer programs are also expected to continually look for ways to improve, both clinically and programmatically.

Dr. Pat Fulgham is surgical director of oncology at Texas Health Dallas.
Dr. Pat Fulgham is surgical director of oncology at Texas Health Dallas.
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An accredited hospital must commit to follow patients from diagnosis through survivorship, assessing outcomes as a quality measure. The patient data collected by certified tumor registrars at Texas Health Dallas is provided to researchers and organizations — such as the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control — to evaluate quality of care, outcomes, and screening and prevention programs.

With its strong oncology program, Texas Health Dallas performed exceptionally well in the survey, easily earning the required commendations, securing eligibility for the Outstanding Achievement Award.

“We’re honored by the award because only institutions that meet the high standards set by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer receive this special recognition,” said Matt Schneider, administrative director of oncology at Texas Health Dallas. “Only one in four hospitals that treat cancer patients is approved cancer program, and even fewer receive the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award. We’re proud to be part of this select group.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 898-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Dallas.

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