BMC Receives Outstanding Achievement Award From Commission on Cancer

in Health & Medicine, News Releases
April 15th, 2009

Contact: Michelle Roberts, 617-639-8491 |

(Boston)- Boston Medical Center (BMC) has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).

The CoC Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes the significant commitment by medical staff, administration and personnel for providing high-quality cancer care to their patients, as well as meeting and exceeding the standards set by the CoC Approvals Program.

BMC excelled in seven areas where commendation was awarded: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement. Specifically, the CoC noted BMC for its annual outcomes analysis study comparing hospital data to national data; a more than 14 percent patient accrual to cancer related clinical trials annually; offering numerous prevention and early detection programs to the community each year; its clinical trials and oncology staff actively participating in educational activities annually; and the implementation of several cancer-related quality improvements each year.

“BMC is extremely proud to have received this award from the CoC,” said Lisa Kachnic, MD, chief of radiation oncology at BMC and chair of the Cancer Committee. “This award reflects our commitment to patient care, practice and research.”

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

Boston Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit, 626-licensed bed, academic medical center affiliated with Boston University School of Medicine. Committed to providing high-quality health care to all, the hospital offers a full spectrum of pediatric and adult care services including primary and family medicine and advanced specialty care with an emphasis on community-based care. Boston Medical Center offers specialized care for complex health problems and is a leading research institution. Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine are partners in the Boston HealthNet—15 community health centers focused on providing exceptional health care to residents of Boston. For more information, please visit

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