The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons, has granted another three-year accreditation to the cancer program at Ascension's St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.

Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, St. Vincent's Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists.

"We are proud of this achievement and what it means to the population we serve," said Christopher Iannuzzi, MD, Chair, Department of Oncology. "The standards set forth by the Commission on Cancer ensure an environment of patient-centric, multidisciplinary cancer care of the highest degree. It creates a robust framework for continuous quality improvement and emphasizes safe and effective cancer care."