On heels of Cuomo plan to study Staten Island cancer rates, SIUH earns leading cancer award

Diane Geraci, RN, cares for her patient, Feantoinette Curtiss, in the chemotherapy treatment room at Staten Island University Hospital’s Cancer Services.

Less than a month after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stood at the podium at Staten Island University Hospital announcing the start of yearlong study to find out why the Island remains one of the state’s top cancer hot spots and promised to use the results to enhance prevention and access to high quality care, doctors at SIUH learned the hospital’s cancer program is one of 16 in the nation to have earned the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).

“This is meaningful to Staten Islanders coping with cancer,” said Dr. Terry Terjanian, SIUH’s oncology director.  “We went through an evaluation process that included 34 program standards assessing our   patient outcomes, clinical services, data management, data quality and cancer committee leadership,” Terjanian said.

The way CoC chair Lawrence Schulman put it:  “Each of these 16 award-winning cancer programs currently represent the best of the best when it comes to cancer care. They are not just meeting nationally recognized standards for the delivery of care, they are exceeding them.” Just what the Governor ordered.



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About the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

Established in 1922 by the ACS, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.    The CoC’s accreditation program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related services.  For more information on the CoC, visit: https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/cancer/coc

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