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Russell Milligan
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Saint Joseph Hospital’s Cancer Program Earns Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation

Chicago, Ill. – June 5, 2012 – The Center for Cancer Care at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago recently received three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).

Facilities undergo a rigorous evaluation by a physician surveyor who reviews the full scope of the program – including cancer committee leadership, data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement. Accreditation is given to only those facilities that voluntarily commit to providing the highest level of quality cancer care. To maintain accreditation, cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

There are more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico – representing nearly 30 percent of all hospitals. Staff at these 30 percent of CoC-accredited hospitals diagnose and/or treat about 80 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.

“This accomplishment is a marker of quality cancer care – ensuring patients are coming to the right place for treatment,” said Mark Connolly, M.D. (photo at right), medical director, The Center for Cancer Care, and chairman, Department of Surgery. “We provide personalized care at the level of an academic medical center – plus, it’s close to home. Patients and their families will receive outstanding care throughout their healthcare journey.”

For patients, receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures they have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a wide range of state-of-the art services and equipment
  • A multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Access to ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Cancer-related information, education and support
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • Quality care close to home

In addition to the CoC accreditation, Saint Joseph Hospital also has the following distinctions:

  • National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) – Saint Joseph Hospital was the first breast center in the city of Chicago to be accredited by the NAPBC, a program managed by the American College of Surgeons.
  • Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) – Saint Joseph earned this designation from the American College of Radiology.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC 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. Visit


About Saint Joseph Hospital

Saint Joseph Hospital is a nationally ranked, award-winning teaching hospital serving Chicago’s lake shore communities. It is home to many world-renowned physicians and advanced medical technologies. Visit For information on The Center for Cancer Care, visit

About Provena Health – Resurrection Health Care, Now Joined as Presence Health

Saint Joseph Hospital is part of Presence Health, a family of Catholic, not-for profit, healthcare services providing advanced medical care and exceptional service with compassion and hope. With locations in Chicago and its collar counties, as well as in East-Central Illinois, it is the largest Catholic health provider in Illinois, encompassing 12 hospitals, 27 long term care and senior residential facilities, numerous outpatient services, clinics, home health services, hospice, private duty, and comprehensive Behavioral Health services. Presence Health is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, the Sisters of the Holy Family, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Sisters of the Resurrection. Visit to learn more.


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