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2009: Commission on Cancer Grants CDH Outstanding Achievement Award
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Commission on Cancer Grants CDH Outstanding Achievement Award

WINFIELD, Ill., June 8, 2009 -The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted its 2008 CoC Outstanding Achievement Award to 95 of 478 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States. Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) in Winfield, Ill., is one of only three Illinois hospitals recognized.

"Central DuPage Hospital is making great strides in the fight against cancer," says L. Elise Horvath, M.D., interim medical director and research director of the Loyola Cancer Care & Research Center at Central DuPage Hospital. "This recognition gives an unbiased view that helps patients make a decision when looking for the right treatment program."

Established in 2004, the 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 award following the onsite evaluation by a physician surveyor during which time the facility demonstrates a commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program activities: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement. In addition, the facility receives a compliance rating for 29 additional cancer program standards.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival 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 representatives of 47 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to pro-viding the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an onsite review every three years.

Through an exclusive partnership with the American Cancer Society, the CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services and the overall cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program. This information is available at www.cancer.org or by calling 1-800-ACS-2345.

For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit www.facs.org/cancer/.

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. CDH is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein and was the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County.

Recently, CDH was recognized for the second consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report on the list of Best Hospitals in the orthopaedics category. Thomson Reuter's has listed CDH as a 100 Top Hospital in the U.S. for the last three consecutive years.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor on the CDH medical staff, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4CDH (4234)/ TTY 630-933-4833.

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