The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer has awarded the Outer Banks Hospital cancer program Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation. This accreditation means the hospital has met and exceeded the CoC quality care standards through a three-year survey process. It is the hospital's second consecutive Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation.
The award is presented only to facilities that exceed standard requirements at the time of the survey.
“Improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients is our number-one priority,” noted hospital oncologist Dr. William Guenther. “Achieving this accreditation with commendation is a clear benchmark for the high quality and tireless efforts of our cancer services team.”
In addition to the compliant standards and additional commendations, the CoC surveyor, Patricia Goldblatt, MD, noted, “This hospital has only 21 beds and fulfills a dire need of cancer services in this island community. The range of services that they provide is exceptional, and they strive to improve in every way, with strong support from both the hospital administration and medical community. Considering that this program has been accredited for only four years, their performance in this survey was phenomenal and the enthusiasm of the staff was contagious.”