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McLaren Port Huron earns Outstanding Achievement Award for cancer care

Monday, April 08, 2013

Port Huron, MI – The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer has awarded McLaren Port Huron with an Outstanding Achievement Award. The award recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. A facility receives the award following the onsite 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. McLaren Port Huron is one of only 84 programs in the country and the only facility in the state of Michigan to earn this award during the 2012 survey period.

McLaren Port Huron has maintained accreditation by the Commission on Cancer since 1990. To maintain accreditation, facilities must undergo an onsite review every three years. Accreditation by the Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care, the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment, and compliance with established Commission on Cancer standards. These facilities voluntarily undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

According to the Commission on Cancer, patients receiving care from an accredited program are ensured that they will receive quality care close to home with:

• Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
• A multidisciplinary, team approach to coordinate the best cancer treatment options available
• Access to cancer-related information, education and support
• Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
• Assessment of treatment planning based on evidence-based national treatment guidelines
• Information about clinical trials and new treatment options
• A cancer registry that collects data on cancer type, stage, and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up

“Over the years, McLaren Port Huron’s Cancer Program has evolved into a mature, well respected, superior program,” says Tom DeFauw, president and CEO. “This award and accreditation is recognition of the quality of our comprehensive, multidisciplinary patient care and a testimonial that McLaren Port Huron is dedicated to offering the very best in today’s cancer treatment to you right here in the community.”


McLaren Port Huron Cancer Committee Chairman Anthony W. Boutt, MD, adds, “McLaren Port Huron’s Cancer Committee is committed to providing quality care and improving quality of life for all cancer patients. Our ultimate goal is a cure for all cancers.”


Commission on Cancer
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the
Commission on Cancer 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 49 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.