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BCH Receives National Cancer Award

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BCH one of only 75 accredited cancer programs throughout the United States to be recognized.

Boulder Community Health (BCH) has received a 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The award, which honors facilities that exceed nationally recognized standards for the delivery of quality cancer care, was given to a select group of 75 accredited cancer programs throughout the United States, approximately 15 percent of programs surveyed by the CoC in 2014.

“These 75 cancer programs currently represent the best of the best—so to speak—when it comes to cancer care,” said Daniel P. McKellar, MD, FACS, Chair of the CoC, in a press release. “Each of these facilities is not just meeting nationally recognized standards for the delivery of quality cancer care, they are exceeding them.”

BCH is one of only three Colorado cancer programs to receive this honor. BCH cancer services are provided at Foothills Hospital.

The purpose of the CoC award is to increase awareness among cancer patients and their loved ones about quality care options. In addition, the award is intended to:
• Recognize those cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients
• Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care
• Facilitate dialogue between award recipients and health care professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices
• Encourage honorees to serve as quality-care resources to other cancer programs

“We are extremely honored to be among this elite group of award recipients,” said David P. Gehant, President/CEO of Boulder Community Health. “We recognize that the standards set for our program affect the survival and quality of life for our patients who have cancer, so we continue to strive toward goals that exceed national benchmarks. This honor reflects our commitment to providing our community with local access to an expansive range of the latest cancer treatments and support services.”

“More and more, we’re finding that patients and their families want to know how the health care institutions in their communities compare with one another,” McKellar said. “They want access to information in terms of who’s providing the best quality of care, and they want to know about overall patient outcomes. Through this recognition program, I’d like to think we’re playing a small, but vital role, in helping them make informed decisions on their cancer care.”

For a list of all cancer programs in the U.S. that received the award in 2014 visit: