Gloucester, Va — The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to Riverside Walter Reed Hospital as a result of surveys performed during 2011. Riverside Walter Reed Hospital is one of a select group of 106 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States. 

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.  The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a Commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.

Riverside Walter Reed underwent a rigorous on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor demonstrating a commendation level of compliance with the seven standards.  In addition, the hospital received a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards.  A total of 106 programs received the Outstanding Achievement Award as a result of the surveys performed in 2011.  This represents 22 percent of 489 programs surveyed during this period.  Riverside Walter Reed Hospital is one of only nine programs to receive the New Program (OAA) designation.  A majority of recipients are community-based facilities like Riverside Walter Reed Hospital; however, teaching hospitals, National Cancer Institute - designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, VA hospitals, and Network Cancer Programs also received the award.   

“We are extremely proud that we are able to offer highly acclaimed cancer services to citizens of Gloucester and the Middle Peninsula, expressed Megan Kleckner, Hospital Administrator. Receiving this award shows the level of commitment our physicians and staff have to providing the best care possible, right here at home.”

The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards.  Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing 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 on-site review every three years.

Riverside’s Cancer Care Centers in Newport News and on the Eastern Shore also offer comprehensive cancer services and are CoC-accredited centers.  Riverside’s physicians and clinical experts collaborate to provide the best patient care close to home.  There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the US and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals.  CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.

The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at and through the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345.

To learn more about the distinguished Cancer Services offered by Riverside Walter Reed Hospital and the Middle Peninsula Cancer Center located on the hospital campus, visit


Published: April 4, 2012