Saint Agnes Hospital’s cancer program is one of just two in Baltimore to earn the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer.
The award recognizes cancer programs across the U.S. that strive for excellence in providing quality care to patients while also offering a comprehensive scope of services through cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach and quality improvement initiatives.Award recipients are selected through an on-site evaluation process, conducted by a physician surveyor. A total of 106 cancer programs across the country were selected as recipients of the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award, representing 22 percent of the total 489 programs surveyed.
“Our selection as a winner of the Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award demonstrates Saint Agnes Hospital’s commitment to providing the highest quality of care for our patients, and proves that our program is an extremely valuable asset for the greater Baltimore area, and beyond,” said Dr. Carole Miller, Cancer Institute Director at Saint Agnes Hospital. “This is an accomplishment that every member of our team should be proud of. It says a lot about our program and what we are doing to assure the best possible outcomes for our patients.”
Saint Agnes Hospital’s cancer program is growing in order to continuously accommodate the increasing demands and needs for service. In addition to acquiring new technologies and implementing additional patient care and support programs, the Institute itself is expanding its physical space, with the opening of a new facility scheduled for January 2013, that will give clinicians 40 percent more work space. Saint Agnes is known for its wide array of cancer resources and services, including a comprehensive chemotherapy program, a state-of-the-art radiation oncology program, a dedicated inpatient oncology unit and clinical research center. Patients are cared for by board-certified oncologists and clinical nurse specialists, with additional support provided by patient care coordinators, oncology social workers and various cancer support group offerings.
“Saint Agnes Hospital’s leadership team realizes how much of a demand there is for comprehensive cancer services in our community, and is making the expansion of our space and program a top priority, in order to meet those needs,” said Mary Austin, Assistant Vice President of the Cancer Institute at Saint Agnes Hospital. “Earning the Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award proves even further that we are doing a lot of things right and are earning a reputation for providing the type of care that any of us would want for our own family members.”