RICHMOND, VA — (Jan. 20, 2021) – Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital received in December 2020 full three-year re-accreditation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) — a quality-based cancer program of the American College of Surgeons. This accreditation recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in demonstrating compliance with 34 quality based standards. Henrico Doctors’ Hospital is one of the few out of 1,500 accredited cancer centers in the country to receive this accreditation by exceeding all measures of the 34 standards.

"I commend the team at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital for their commitment to excellence in oncology care," said Laurie Cuttino, MD, radiation oncologist and medical director for oncology at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. "Together we are exceeding nationally recognized standards, and are delivering the highest quality of cancer care for the greater Richmond community."

The purpose of the accreditation 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
  • 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

As a CoC-accredited cancer center, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital embraces 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 and personalized patient care.

The CoC accreditation program provides the framework 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.

"We are honored to be among an elite group of cancer programs nationwide that have been recognized with this full accreditation," said Ryan Jensen, chief executive officer of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. “This accreditation is a testament to the dedication and focus of our oncology teams to providing world class patient care every day.”