Commission on Cancer Awards Norwood Hospital Highest Accreditation

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has once again granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the Norwood Hospital cancer program.

CoC accreditation is given only to those facilities that have committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and to undergoing rigorous evaluation and performance review. Norwood Hospital received the Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation following an on-site evaluation to review compliance with standards in areas including cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

Norwood Hospital’s CoC Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
  • A multispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Access to 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

“We are extremely pleased to receive the Commission on Cancer’s Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation for our cancer program,” said Emily Holliman, Norwood Hospital president. “We look forward to continuing to provide this essential service to our community.”

Commission on Cancer
The American College of Surgeons established CoC in 1922 to improve cancer patient survival and quality of life through standard setting, prevention, research, education and monitoring comprehensive, quality care. CoC sets quality and multidisciplinary cancer patient care standards, surveys facilities for compliance and collects quality data from accredited facilities to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes. CoC and American Cancer Society provide information on cancer resources, services and treatment for CoC-accredited cancer programs at and 1-800-ACS-2345. More information is available at

About Norwood Hospital
The 264-bed Norwood Hospital provides emergency, cardiology, advanced surgical, endoscopic, psychiatric, OB/GYN and 24/7 Children’s Hospital Boston pediatric services and is a member of Steward Health Care. Information about Norwood Hospital’s programs and services is available at

About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care is the largest fully integrated community care organization and community hospital network in New England. Headquartered in Boston, Steward is the third largest employer in MA with more than 17,000 employees serving more than one million patients annually in more than 150 communities. Hospitals in the system include Saint Anne’s in Fall River, Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Norwood Hospital, Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, Morton Hospital in Taunton, Quincy Medical Center and New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton. Other Steward Health Care entities include Steward Medical Group, Steward Home Care, Laboure College, and Por Cristo. Further information is available at

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