Published on September 16, 2010

Genesis Cancer Services Earns Accreditation With Commendation

Genesis Cancer Services has earned a three-year Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. Genesis is also a candidate to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award, which will be officially announced by the American College of Surgeons in March 2011. To be a candidate, an organization must not only meet all 36 standard requirements, but must also exceed in a minimum of one of eight eligible requirements. The Genesis cancer program exceeded in all eight standard requirements.

Genesis received the three-year Accreditation with Commendation following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor, during which Genesis demonstrated a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement).

“We’re pleased Genesis was awarded this Accreditation with Commendation,” said Sharon Parker, RN, MSN, director of Genesis Cancer Services. “It is rewarding to know the hard work our physicians and staff put forth every day to provide the highest quality, compassionate care to our patients is recognized by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.”

The 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 multi-specialty 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 and offers lifelong patient follow-up•Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • Quality care close to home

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.5 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2010. There are currently more than 1,400 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing close to 25 percent of all hospitals. This 25 percent of hospital diagnose and/or treat 71 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. 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 learn more about cancer care at Genesis, visit the website at For more information about the Commission on Cancer, go to

About Genesis HealthCare System

Genesis is an integrated health care delivery system based in Zanesville, Ohio. The system includes Genesis Hospital, a not-for-profit hospital in Zanesville; an extensive network of more than 300 physicians; and multiple outpatient care centers throughout the region.


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