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Winthrop's Cancer Institute Re-Accredited by American College of Surgeons - Archived
April 22, 2011

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted three-year Accreditation with Commendation to The Cancer Institute at Winthrop-University Hospital. Winthrop’s Cancer Institute was granted reaccreditation after a rigorous evaluation process and review of its compliance with the following standards – cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

“Accreditation emphasizes and validates Winthrop-University Hospital’s commitment to its patients and physicians to provide the resources to ensure the highest quality patient care, diagnostics and treatments, which all result in marked improvements in survivorship,” said Richard Rivera, MPH, MT, LCLT, CHE, Vice President, Administration at Winthrop.

“It is estimated that accredited programs diagnose and treat 80 percent of all new cancer cases annually in the United States,” added Eva Chalas, MD, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology and Director of Clinical Cancer Services at Winthrop. “Winthrop’s CoC reaccreditation with commendation is a tremendous achievement that we are all very proud of.”

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1922, 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. Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer-approved program ensures patients have access to:
• Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
• A multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best available treatment options
• Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
• Access to prevention and early detection programs, cancer education and support services
• A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
• Ongoing monitoring and improvements in cancer care
• Quality care close to home

Patients of Winthrop’s Cancer Institute can benefit from the latest developments in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of cancers. From stereotactic biopsy techniques for abnormalities and to computer-guided systems that create a virtual “roadmap” during surgery, to the most advanced computerized treatment planning and delivery system for radiation therapy, Winthrop’s Cancer Institute is at the forefront of caring for cancer patients of all ages.

For additional information about Winthrop’s Cancer Institute, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit

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