The cancer treatment program at Memorial Hospital and Health Center has recently received a prestigious award.

The program was honored with the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.

Memorial is one out of just 79 hospitals across the country with an accredited cancer program to earn this honor for surveys from last year. This award acknowledges those cancer treatment programs that achieve excellence in patient care.

Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center treatment services, community education and prevention, diagnostic services through pathology and radiology, treatment planning, surgery, and follow-up services including Palliative Care are included as part of Memorial Hospital’s program. The program was evaluated for the award on 29 standards during a three-day survey done on-site. Further evaluation for commendation standards took place following the survey. In order to be eligible for the award, recipients had to receive a compliance rating in all 29 standards plus commendation ratings in 8 categories, including institutional and programmatic resources, cancer program leadership, cancer data management, and clinical management.

Memorial Hospital CEO and President Ray Snowden says the hospital feels honored to be given this award. He says the cancer team’s commitment to the mission of the hospital made the award possible.

The cancer treatment program at Memorial is based out of the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center, which utilizes medical oncology and radiation services combined with integrative medicine. The Cancer Center is located at Memorial Hospital’s Dorbett Street entrance. For more information about the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center call 996-0626.