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Cancer Program at UMCP Recognized for Outstanding Care

Mar 21, 2012

University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP) has earned the Outstanding Achievement Award, a designation granted by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer to recognize programs that strive for excellence in providing care to cancer patients.

The Cancer Program at UMCP received commendations on all available standards during its accreditation survey by the Commission on Cancer last year, said Judy Neuman, Director, Cancer Services. The results merited a three-year accreditation with commendation and made UMCP eligible for the Outstanding Achievement Award.

This month, the Commission on Cancer announced that UMCP was among 106 programs nationwide to receive the award.

"This is a remarkable accomplishment for our Cancer Program," said Linda F. Sieglen, MD, MMM, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs for Princeton HealthCare System, which includes UMCP. "Less than one-quarter of the programs surveyed in 2011 were able to achieve this distinction. We will work to build on this level of success as we move to our new hospital this spring.

The seven standards that form the basis of the Outstanding Achievement Award criteria are drawn from the following areas of program activity:

  • Cancer committee leadership
  • Cancer data management
  • Clinical management
  • Research
  • Community outreach
  • Quality improvement

"Receiving this award is a confirmation of the excellent care we provide to cancer patients every day," Neuman said. "This is a designation that must be earned, and it was only possible because of the skill and hard work of our physicians and staff and the leadership of our cancer committee."

Earlier this year, UMCP also received a full, three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, recognizing the excellence of care provided at UMCP and UMCP's Breast Health Center in East Windsor. The accreditation applies to the full spectrum of care, from diagnostic services such as mammography to the most advanced cancer treatments.

Princeton HealthCare System is building a replacement hospital-University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro-that is scheduled to open May 22. The new hospital will include the Edward & Marie Matthews Center for Cancer Care, a new state-of-the-art facility that will bring UMCP's full range of cancer services together in one location.

To learn more about the Cancer Program at UMCP, click here.

University Medical Center at Princeton is a Clinical Research Affiliate of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and an accredited oncology teaching program of the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer.