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Legacy Health Nationally Recognized for Cancer Program

Portland, Ore. - The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to Legacy Health as a result of surveys performed during 2010. Legacy Cancer Services is the only program in Oregon to win the award.

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
  • Quality improvement

The level of compliance with the seven standards is determined during an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards.

"The surveyors commented on the excellent quality care Legacy provides for our cancer patients," said Pamela Kilmurray, director of Legacy Cancer Services. "They were complimentary about our quality outcomes our physicians, staff as well as our facilities and the comprehensive spectrum of care we provide throughout Legacy Health."

Ninety programs in the United States, including Legacy Cancer Services, received the OAA as a result of surveys performed in 2010. This number represents approximately 17 percent of programs surveyed during this period.

Background on Legacy Cancer Services

Legacy Cancer Services offers a full spectrum of state-of-the-art outpatient and inpatient treatment options for adults and children and the resources to help patients through all stages of illness, including support services and palliative care. As a non-profit, community-based organization, Legacy is committed to offering all services and return revenue to the community in the form of new technology, more services, educational programs and support services.

Legacy Cancer Services comprises research, education and prevention, risk assessment and genetics counseling/testing, early detection, second opinion consultation, multidisciplinary treatment, rehabilitation, survivorship program, hospice care, innovative support services (e.g., art therapy, yoga), and specialized programs of care for certain kinds of cancer (e.g., breast, colorectal, hepatobiliary/pancreas, pediatric and prostate). In addition, Legacy offers an array of advanced technology for diagnosing and treating cancers, including breast specific gamma imaging, da Vinci robotic surgical assistance, interventional radiology and stem cell transplantation.

Background on Commission on Cancer

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer 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 an approved network cancer program ensures:

  • Quality care close to home provided by one network system
  • Coordinated service locations and practitioners within one system
  • Comprehensive care offering a complete range of state-of-the-art services and equipment within one system
  • Multidisciplinary team/facility approach to coordinate the best treatment options available
  • Access to cancer related education and support within one system
  • Information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options communicated throughout the network

For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit