Spring Hill, Florida (August 14, 2009) – Oak Hill Hospital has announced that the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has again granted Three-Year Approval with Commendation to the cancer program of Oak Hill Hospital. Oak Hill Hospital’s cancer program has been fully accredited since 1991.

A facility receives a Three-Year Approval with Commendation following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a “commendation level of compliance” with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program. In addition, a facility receives a compliance rating for all of the standards.

Oak Hill’s three commendations were in the following:

  • Prevention and early detection (This commendation was awarded for a very active community outreach program.)
  • Cancer education for cancer registry staff
  • Cancer related quality improvements (This commendation is awarded for impressive improvement each year.)

The Commission on Cancer was established by the American College of Surgeons and is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates 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 40 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

Approval of a cancer program by the American College of Surgeons is validation of compliance with 36 standards, successful completion of an on-site survey by a physician surveyor from the College and reporting of cancer data to the National Cancer Data Base.

Approval 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 that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain approval, facilities with Commission on Cancer approved cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer Approved Cancer Program ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
  • A multi-specialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Access to cancer-related information, education and support
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers life-long patient follow up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • Most importantly, quality care close to home

For more information about the Commission on Cancer visit their website.

About Oak Hill Hospital:
Oak Hill Hospital has been serving the Nature Coast since 1984. It is the largest medical facility in Hernando and Citrus County (204 acute care beds) and offers Hernando County’s only comprehensive heart program including open heart surgery.

Approximately 300 physicians, 1,000 associates, and 360 volunteers comprise Oak Hill Hospital’s health care delivery team.

Oak Hill has achieved distinction as the:

  • First Chest Pain Center in Hernando and Citrus County accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
  • First primary stroke center to be fully accredited by the Joint Commission in Citrus and Hernando County.
  • First comprehensive Women’s Imaging Center in Hernando County and the first imaging center offering digital mammography with computer aided detection.
  • First hospital in the area to be recognized as an accredited cancer institute by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS)

It is located at 11375 Cortez Boulevard, Spring Hill, 1.9 miles east of US 19 on State Road 50. For more information about this release, please call (352) 597-6383 (Hernando) or (352) 628-6441 (Citrus).