OVMC Receives National Award

Outstanding Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer

Monday, June 24, 2013

Ohio Valley Medical Center Receives National Outstanding Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer. Award recognizes cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing highest quality care to cancer patients.

Wheeling, WV – Ohio Valley Medical Center (OVMC) was recently presented with the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). OVMC is one of a select group of only 79 U.S. health care facilities with accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for surveys performed last year. OVMC’s program is the only program to receive this award in West Virginia this year. The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.

OVMC’s cancer program was evaluated on 29 program standards categorized within one of four cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services and quality improvement. Our program was further evaluated on eight commendation standards. To be eligible, all award recipients must have received com-mendation ratings in seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 29 other standards. “This recognition by the American College of Surgeons was four years in the making as we worked diligently provide a quality program with top physicians and clinicians. We are very proud of this accomplishment.” Dr. G.N. Reddy, Chairman Cancer Committee, Chief Radiation Oncologist.

Click here for a complete list of award recipients.

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.

“Having all board certified physicians in our cancer program sets us apart from other similar programs. Our physicians continually strive for excellence which in turn provides a top quality program for the prevention of disease, treatment and care of our patients and overall exceptional medicine for our community. We couldn’t be more proud of our team for this award!” Michael J. Caruso, President & CEO of OVHS&E, parent company of OVMC.


Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling, West Virginia, and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry Ohio, are a 340-bed, combined organization with more than 1,600 employees and provides the area’s only comprehensive behavioral and mental health services and board-certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River. For more information, visit www.ovmc-eorh.com.

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.