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Published on August 02, 2012

Gibbs Cancer Center receives Outstanding Achievement Award from Commission on Cancer

Gibbs Cancer Center is a recipient of the Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award.

The award distinguishes cancer programs that excel in offering quality care to cancer patients.

Gibbs Cancer Center was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009 and 2006. In order to qualify for the award, a center must demonstrate a commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent the full extent of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement). The facility then receives a compliance rating for the remaining 29 standards.
Most recipients are community-based facilities; teaching hospitals, NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and Network Cancer Programs also received the award.

"While the majority of the community already realizes the excellent care that Gibbs Cancer Center offers, it is a great honor to receive this national accreditation," said David Church, Vice President of Oncology Services and Home Care of Spartanburg Regional. "We know that the Upstate community will have pride in its local hospital that has reached national recognition."

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC 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.

Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 40 national organizations that reflect the full range of cancer care.

The core functions of the CoC include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards; collecting standardized and quality data from approved facilities; and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state and local level.

"The staff at Gibbs Cancer Center has worked relentlessly to provide quality care to all patients," said Dr. James D. Bearden III, Spartanburg Regional’s Vice President of Research and Managing Physician of Gibbs Cancer Center. "This honor illustrates the hard work and dedication of each member of the Gibbs Cancer team. Gibbs is being recognized as a leader in cancer treatment, a purpose that we strive for each day in the care that we provide for each patient."

The Approvals Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Approval 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 maintain approval, facilities with CoC-approved cancer programs must undergo an onsite review every three years.

A CoC-approved cancer program guarantees that a patient will receive:

  • 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 on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • And, most importantly, quality care close to home.

The Marsha and Jimmy Gibbs Regional Cancer Center is a nationally recognized cancer treatment and research facility associated with the National Cancer Institute through its status as a participate in the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) and a Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP). The Center was also honored with this same award during its last survey during 2006. Gibbs Cancer Center is a proven leader in providing effective cancer treatment through advanced technology, professional expertise and an exceptional level of personalized care. Please visit to find out more about Spartanburg Regional’s commitment to treating cancer.

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