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NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue achieves national accreditation for cancer care excellence

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In a significant milestone for cancer care in New York City, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue proudly announced its accreditation as an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program under the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation Program.

The accreditation not only underscores Bellevue’s commitment to providing top-tier cancer care but also signifies a beacon of hope for patients seeking the highest standard of treatment and support.

Bellevue Hospital’s accreditation places it among an elite group of medical institutions, as one of only 14 hospitals in the state to achieve this esteemed recognition.

This accreditation serves as a testament to Bellevue’s dedication to improving the quality of life for cancer patients through rigorous adherence to the highest standards of care outlined by the ACS CoC.

Dr. Ann Lee, Division Chief of Surgical Oncology and Chair of the Bellevue Cancer Committee, emphasized the significance of the achievement, stating, “Our designation as an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program underscores our commitment to the highest standards in surgical quality, optimal cancer care, and postgraduate training across multiple oncologic disciplines.”

The accreditation process involved a meticulous evaluation and review of Bellevue’s performance and compliance with the CoC standards, ensuring that all aspects of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and support meet the rigorous criteria set forth by the ACS.

Maintaining this accreditation requires ongoing dedication to excellence, as cancer programs must undergo a thorough site visit every three years.

Commenting on the achievement, William Hicks, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, expressed pride in the collaborative efforts that led to this milestone.

“This accreditation from the American College of Surgeons is another great milestone for our hospital as we seek the highest recognition for all the valued services we provide to the community,” said Hicks.

“This special designation is the result of meaningful collaboration amongst our clinical programs and thoughtful programming that ensures we are meeting all the needs of our patients through their care experience.”

As a Co-C-accredited institution, Bellevue Hospital also earns the distinction of becoming an ACS Surgical Quality Partner. This designation signifies Bellevue’s unwavering commitment to continuous improvement in surgical procedures and approaches, further reassuring patients of the hospital’s dedication to quality and excellence in cancer care.

Dr Nate Link, Chief Medical Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, acknowledged the collective effort of the hospital staff in achieving this milestone.

“Accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer is an important validation of the quality and performance of all our cancer services across all departments,” said Dr. Link.

“I am grateful to the team that prepared us for this important designation and thankful to our many physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, social workers, and other Bellevue staff members who do such a great job taking care of these patients with such complex needs.”

In conclusion, Bellevue Hospital’s accreditation as an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program signifies a triumph in the ongoing battle against cancer and reaffirms its commitment to providing exceptional care to all patients, regardless of background, insurance status, or ability to pay.

About NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue

NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, America’s oldest public hospital, stands as a beacon of healthcare excellence, providing top-tier medical services to patients across New York City. Affiliated with the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Bellevue Hospital is renowned for its commitment to delivering high-quality care to all, regardless of background or socioeconomic status.

About the American College of Surgeons:
The American College of Surgeons is a prestigious scientific and educational organization dedicated to advancing the practice of surgery and improving patient care. With over 88,000 members worldwide, the ACS plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of surgical practice and ensuring the highest standards of care for surgical patients.

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