Johnston-Willis Hospital
March 03, 2020

Richmond, VA -- The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) - a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

Johnston-Willis is the only hospital in Virginia and one of 49 in the country to receive this award, which recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in demonstrating compliance with the CoC standards and are committed to ensuring high quality cancer care.

"We are honored to be the only cancer program in Virginia and part of an elite group of cancer programs nationwide that have been recognized with this prestigious achievement," said Zach McCluskey, chief executive officer of Johnston-Willis Hospital.

The purpose of the Outstanding Achievement Award is to encourage cancer programs to raise the bar on quality cancer care, with the ultimate goal of increasing awareness about high quality, patient-centered care. In addition, the award is intended to:

  • Recognize those cancer programs that achieve excellence meeting the CoC Standards
  • Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of quality cancer 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

CoC-accredited cancer programs earn the OAA after completing the accreditation survey and receiving a Performance Report that indicates an accreditation award of "Three-Year with Commendation." Specifically, the program must receive commendation ratings for the commendation level standards and no deficiencies for the remaining standards.

In October 2019, Johnston-Willis received a three-year accreditation with commendation from the CoC after meeting all 34 quality care standards associated with a comprehensive community cancer program.

Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, Johnston-Willis Hospital 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. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.

The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Johnston-Willis to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care.

"I commend the team at The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital for their commitment to excellence in oncology care," said Jonathan Tinker, regional vice-president of cancer services for HCA Healthcare Capital Division. "They are exceeding nationally recognized standards, and are delivering the highest quality of cancer care for our community."