West Chester (May 15, 2014) - Chester County Hospital was recently one of only 74 U.S. health care facilities presented with the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons' (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). This national honor for surveys performed last year acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.

The purpose of the award is to raise awareness on the importance of providing quality cancer care at healthcare institutions throughout the U.S. In addition, it is intended to:

  • Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care.
  • Facilitate dialogue between award recipients and healthcare professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices.
  • Encourage honorees to serve as quality-care resources to other cancer programs.
  • Educate cancer patients on available quality-care options.

"We treat each cancer patient as if they were a member of our own family," explains Dennis Berman, MD, Medical Director for the Cancer Center of Chester County and Chairman of Chester County Hospital's Cancer Committee. "We strive to provide access to enhanced cancer care and services in a comfortable environment close to home. Patients are guided through the continuum of care with continued support, while they experience precise treatment and management plans tailored to their individual needs. Our team takes pride in the fact that we are continually working to enhance services, treatments and technologies available to our patients. This accommodation only reinforces the hard work and dedication of our team of professionals."

Chester County Hospital's cancer program was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within one of five cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, cancer conferences, clinical services and quality improvement. Our 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 34 other standards.

For a list of all cancer programs in the U.S. that received the award in 2013 visit: (Click here for a complete list of award recipients.)

About Chester County Hospital
Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital is an organization dedicated to the health and wellbeing of the people in Chester County and surrounding areas. Founded in 1892, the non-profit hospital has grown into a 245-bed acute care facility based in West Chester, plus it has a system of outpatient locations in Exton, West Goshen, New Garden, Jennersville and Kennett Square. In 2013, Chester County Hospital became part of Penn Medicine. In addition to quality-driven inpatient medical/surgical services, Chester County Hospital also offers home health, hospice and skilled nursing care; occupational medicine; outpatient laboratory, radiology and physical therapy services; an ob/gyn clinic for the underserved; wound care; and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

About the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer/accreditation program
Established in 1922 by the ACS, the CoC 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. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services and cancer treatment experi-ence for each CoC-accredited cancer program. The CoC's accreditation program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs. For more information on the CoC, visit: www.facs.org/cancer/index.html