NHRMC’s Zimmer Cancer Center receives national achievement award

April 05, 2012
WILMINGTON – New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Zimmer Cancer Center has been granted the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. The award is designed to recognize cancer programs that achieve excellence in quality care for cancer patients. It was presented to a select group of only 106 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States that were surveyed in 2011. “This is a wonderful achievement that we are proud to have accomplished,” says Cyrus Kotwall, M.D., surgical oncologist and medical director of the Zimmer Cancer Center. “Our team is dedicated to our patients, and everyone, from physicians and nurses, to the cancer registrars, clinical trials personnel and support staff, are honored to help each patient through their journey.” 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. The level of compliance with the seven standards is determined during an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards. “We have a very dedicated group of physicians and staff who work hard every day to provide high quality care to their patients,” says Chad Knight, administrator of the Zimmer Cancer Center. “To be recognized for the quality of our care on a national level, along with so many other prestigious institutions, is really an honor.” The Accreditation Program, a component of the Commission on Cancer, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with Commission on Cancer -accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years. NHRMC’s Zimmer Cancer Center was re-accredited with commendation in 2011. New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Zimmer Cancer Center is southeastern North Carolina's only community cancer center dedicated solely to the diagnosis, treatment and support of people with cancer. It houses outpatient services, including chemotherapy, infusion therapy and radiation therapies. It also hosts NHRMC's clinical trials program, giving local residents a chance to participate in the most current clinical trials, testing the most modern chemotherapy drugs, and radiation and surgical protocols. For more information on the services provided at Zimmer Cancer Center, click here. Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer 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. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and representatives of 49 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care. For more information about the Commission on Cancer, click here.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 4,500 jobs directly and another 3,000 jobs indirectly. ###