Hospital Receives Award From American College of Surgeons Commission On Cancer

NEW BRUNSWICK – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s (RWJUH) Cancer Program, in partnership with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) and private physicians in the community, has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer.

RWJUH, which is the flagship cancer hospital of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is one of only two National Cancer Institute-designated cancer programs in the nation to achieve this honor.

“Earning this national distinction is clear evidence that this remarkable cancer team offers residents of our state and region the finest cancer treatment available anywhere in the United States,” says Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, President and CEO of RWJUH and Robert Wood Johnson Health System.

Molly Gabel, MD, Chair of the Cancer Committee, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at RWJMS and Director of the CINJ Network adds, “We are proud to be part of an academic medical campus that excels in several key cancer program standards and offers patients groundbreaking cancer treatment innovation, technology, research and clinical trials.”

Established in 2004, the ACS Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. A facility or program can earn the award following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the program demonstrates compliance with seven standards of excellence established by the Commission. The standards are: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach and quality improvement efforts.

“Achieving this prestigious honor is a direct reflection of the leadership of Cancer Committee Chair Molly Gabel, MD, who has fostered an environment which promotes partnership, participation and productivity,” says Michael Nissenblatt, MD, Clinical Professor at RWJMS and Associate Director of Oncology at RWJ who serves RWJUH’s Cancer Liaison to the American College of Surgeons. “All of these goals have been achieved in each of seven challenging standards. RWJ has again demonstrated that the partnership of science and humanity, witnessed through the equal roles of a medical school and private practitioners creates a paradigm for success.”

Award recipients represent community-based facilities, teaching hospitals/academic medical centers, NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, VA hospitals and network cancer programs as well as newly accredited programs and programs currently accredited by the Commission on Cancer.

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