Fletcher Allen Receives Accreditation from American College of Surgeon Commission on Cancer

Immediate (October 13, 2009)

Mike Noble 
Marketing and Communications
802-847-2886

BURLINGTON VT - Fletcher Allen has received a full three-year accreditation from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer.

This is the highest level of accreditation the Commission on Cancer awards, and serves to distinguish organizations that voluntarily commit to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Accredited institutions successfully undergo a rigorous 36-point evaluation process and performance review, focusing on quality outcomes, education and performance monitoring. The Commission on Cancer site survey report gave particular praise to Fletcher Allen's cancer-related outcomes work, clinical trials accrual, community outreach initiatives, and cancer registry operations.  Fletcher Allen's cancer activities are closely tied to the Vermont Cancer Center, which links patient care with research and education at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

According to the Commission on Cancer, there are 1,400 Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, representing 25% of all hospital programs.  These 1,400 programs diagnose and treat 80% of newly-diagnosed cancer patients each year.

The Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through setting standards, cancer prevention efforts, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. For more information, please visit their Web site at www.facs.org/cancer/index.html

About Fletcher Allen
Fletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont's academic medical center.  Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment.  Fletcher Allen serves as a regional referral center -- providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York -- and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties.  With more than 30 patient care sites and 100 outreach clinics, programs and services throughout the region, Fletcher Allen is committed to being a national model for the delivery of high-quality academic health care for a rural region.  For more information about Fletcher Allen, visit our Web site at http://www.fletcherallen.org/.