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Cedars-Sinai is LA's Only Cancer Center to Receive National Achievement Award for Patient Care

Los Angeles - April 3, 2012 – Cedars-Sinai’s Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute is the only cancer center in Los Angeles to receive a Commission on Cancer 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award for providing quality care and services to cancer patients.

Steven Piantadosi, MD, PhD

Less than 10 percent of the nation’s 1,400 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs surveyed this year received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer, a national consortium of more than 45 professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through research, education, prevention and quality management. The 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award recipients were just announced by the commission.

“Cancer patients deserve the best healthcare, and this designation demonstrates our commitment to fulfilling their needs,” said Steven Piantadosi, MD, PhD, director of the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and Phase One Foundation Chair.

Established in 2004, the Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement 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.

Only 30 percent of the nation’s hospitals are commission accredited. As a commission-accredited cancer program, Cedars-Sinai’s Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute provides its patients with access to the most current clinical trials, newest treatment options, comprehensive and multidisciplinary care, as well as the latest equipment and services. To maintain accreditation, facilities with Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

Cedars-Sinai’s Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute is known for combining the highest quality patient care and the latest advances in cancer research. Its outpatient cancer center treats more than 9,000 patients each year, making it one of the busiest treatment facilities in California. The institute’s cancer program was deemed one of the top in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010-11 “Best Hospitals” issue.