MeritCare Receives National Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award

For its second year in a row, the MeritCare Roger Maris Cancer Center has been named a recipient of the 2009 Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award.

For its second year in a row, the MeritCare Roger Maris Cancer Center has been named a recipient of the 2009 Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award. The CoC recognizes programs that strive for excellence in providing care to cancer patients and represent high marks in five areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

Earning this award is no small feat. "This award reflects the commitment to excellence in cancer care that motivates physicians, nurses, tumor registry and other staff," said John Leitch, M.D., MeritCare Roger Maris Cancer Center. "Our cancer program includes members from our departments of pathology, radiology, surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology and internal medicine. The expertise provided by our multi-specialty committee allows us to optimally coordinate care and design best practices including cancer prevention, screening, treatment and survivorship."

Of over 400 programs survey nation wide, only 18 percent were recognized. Even fewer are awarded in consecutive years. MeritCare Roger Maris Cancer Center is one of only four programs recognized in the North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

"We are so proud of the exceptional performance that has been displayed at the MeritCare Roger Maris Cancer Center," says Dennis Millirons, president, MeritCare Medical Center. "This award showcases the outstanding patient care that has been delivered to the Fargo/Moorhead community and throughout the region."

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients. Its membership includes 47 national organizations. Commission on Cancer accredited programs represent about 25 percent of programs in the country but diagnose and treat nearly 80 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.