August 06, 2008
The Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Cancer Institute was awarded full approval with commendation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. CHOC is the only children’s hospital in the state, and one of only 11 pediatric cancer programs in the nation to receive CoC approval. 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.
Approval by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer. To meet the standards necessary for Commission approval, each cancer program and the organization that manages it must undergo a rigorous evaluation process and a stringent review of its performance. In order to maintain approval, each CoC-approved facility must undergo an onsite review every three years. CoC approval is nationally recognized by The Joint Commission, American Cancer Society, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Aetna, National Quality Forum and the National Cancer Institute as having established performance measures for the provisions of high-quality cancer care.
The CoC Approvals Program encourages hospitals, treatment centers and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through a wide range of cancer programs that focus on prevention, early diagnosis, pretreatment and evaluation, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease and multiple primary tumors, psychosocial support and end-of-life care.
About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2012-2013), CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes. CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence. Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680