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UPMC Hillman Cancer Center earns Outstanding Achievement Award

PHOTO PROVIDED Robery Kane, left, president of UPMC Williamsport Regional Medical Center, Divine Providence Campus, are shown with members of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport team.

WILLIAMSPORT — UPMC Hillman Cancer Center was recently awarded the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport is one of a select group of 24 US accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for cancer surveys performed Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018, and the only program to be recognized in Pennsylvania.

“UPMC Hillman Cancer Center stands for unsurpassed excellence in cancer care,” said Michelle Gaida, executive director, cancer care services, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport. “We’re taking the battle against cancer to the next level by focusing on providing high quality, individualized care to our patients right here in northcentral Pennsylvania.”

The purpose of the award is to encourage cancer programs to raise the bar on quality cancer care, with the ultimate goal of increasing awareness about high quality, patient-centered care. In addition, the award is intended to:

– Recognize those cancer programs that achieve excellence meeting the CoC Standards

– Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of quality cancer care

– Facilitate dialogue between award recipients and health care professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices

– Encourage honorees to serve as quality care resources to other cancer programs

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport’s cancer program was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within five cancer program activity areas: program management, clinical services, continuum of care services, patient outcomes, and data quality. The cancer program was further evaluated on seven commendation standards. To be eligible, all award recipients must have received commendation ratings in all seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 27 other standards.

For a list of all cancer programs in the U.S. that received the award during 2018 visit FACS.org.

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To learn more about UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport, visit UPMCSusquehanna.org/cancer.

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