Commission on Cancer
Penrose Cancer Center is proud to receive the Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award.
Established in 2004, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. A facility receives the OAA following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program and also receives a compliance rating for the remaining 29 standards.
The seven standards that form the basis of the OAA criteria are drawn from the following six areas of program activity:
- Cancer committee leadership
- Cancer data management
- Clinical management
- Community outreach
- Quality improvement
OAA recipients represent community-based facilities; teaching hospitals, NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, pediatric, and Network Cancer Programs as well as both newly accredited programs and those that are currently accredited by the Commission on Cancer.
American College of Radiology (ACR) Accreditation
Penrose Cancer Center Earns American College of Radiology Accreditation
Colorado Springs, CO - Penrose Cancer Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety and is awarded only to facilities meeting specific Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards developed by ACR after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field.
During the accreditation process, patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Radiation Oncology Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.
This honor complements Penrose Cancer Center's comprehensive cancer program, which includes traditional oncology services along with nurse navigation, research and clinical trials, genetic counseling, nutrition and fitness programs, multidisciplinary conferences and more.
Penrose Cancer Center and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services' other distinctions include: American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), one of HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals and ANCC Magnet Recognition. In 2003, Penrose Cancer Center was also the first program in the state to receive ACR accreditation.
The ACR is the nation's oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with over 500 accredited sites, and 25 years of accreditation experience. It is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Center
Penrose Cancer Center, through its affiliation with Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of a select few cancer programs across the country to receive funding from the National Cancer Center as a NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP). This funding supports efforts to address community disparities in access to quality cancer care, support increased community participation in cancer clinical trials, improvements in multidisciplinary quality cancer care, expanded programming in survivorship and palliative care, and support for collection of bio-specimens for purposes of international cancer research. The NCCCP funding, which started in 2007 and continues through 2012, has permitted PCC to make substantial progress in all of these objectives.
We are part of the Centura Health Cancer Network, delivering integrated, advanced care across Colorado and western Kansas.