Quality Outcomes Designations

Roswell Park Cancer Institute has received the following certifications, designations and awards:

Becker's Hospital Review: 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs

Becker’s Hospital Review compiles an annual list of centers that are national leaders in patient care, cancer outcomes and research. In selecting facilities for its “Great Oncology Programs” feature, the Becker’s editorial team analyzed data from such sources as U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades, Thomson Reuters, the National Cancer Institute, the American College of Surgeons and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Commission on Cancer

Established by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) in 1922, the multidisciplinary Commission on Cancer establishes standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care delivery in health care settings; conducts surveys in health care settings to assess compliance with those standards; collects standardized data from CoC-accredited health care settings to measure cancer care quality; uses data to monitor treatment patterns and outcomes and enhance cancer control and clinical surveillance activities, and develops effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery, and outcomes in health care settings.

Guardian of Excellence by Press Ganey

Roswell Park is a 2015 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award winner in the area of Patient Experience. Guardian of Excellence awards recognize health care organizations that have consistently performed in the 95th percentile or above in a particular area of operations.

Joint Commission Accreditation

A hospital needs to be an accredited Institution in the eyes of CMS to be eligible for reimbursement for Medicaid reimbursement. The Joint Commission is a regulatory body that provides this eligibility to hospitals, and does so by confirming that the Hospital is practicing in a manner that is safe for their patients. This is a process which includes an annual review of standards, and every third year an intensive survey is conducted where Joint Commission surveyors conduct an on-site review that covers all levels of care that can impact a patient. This includes but is not limited to, the hospital’s building being up to code for fire safety, proper documentation and care being received for patients and even reviewing policies and procedures of the Institution.

Joint Commission Palliative Care Certification

A new program being offered through the Joint Commission, Roswell Park was an early adopter of the Palliative Care Certification, completing this certification shortly after it was offered in 2011. The Palliative Care Program at Roswell Park is one that engages patients throughout their care, allowing for the patient and their family to be actively involved in the choices for their care. These choices include, but are not limited to symptom management when undergoing treatment, choosing the path of care that best matches the patient’s wishes and planning for end of life care, whenever that arises. This certification is achieved by yearly monitoring and a bi-annual on-site visit where a Joint Commission surveyor reviews the program.

NCI Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Roswell Park is among the first cancer centers in the country to be designated a “Comprehensive Cancer Center” by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and has held that distinction without interruption since 1974. We are the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Upstate New York, and one of only 47 in the entire nation. We are one of 69 Nationally Designated Cancer Centers through the NCI. This means that we are one of a select few hospitals who are able to translate the latest scientific knowledge into the cutting edge cancer treatments of tomorrow. Simply put, this designation allows for newer treatments to be available to patients that do not exist in the regular community hospital setting.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is a not-for-profit alliance of 27 of the nation’s leading cancer centers. Experts from NCCN Member Institutions diagnose and treat all cancers, particularly complex, aggressive or uncommon cancers. More than 160,000 new patients receive cancer care at NCCN Member Institutions over the course of each year. Thirty-eight Nobel Prize winners have served on the faculties of NCCN Member Institutions. Many RPCI faculty serve on the NCCN panels that create the Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology,­ the internationally recognized standards for clinical policy in oncology, and the most comprehensive, most frequently updated clinical practice guidelines available in any area of medicine. Read the Roswell Park NCCN Member Institution Profile.

OncLive Partnership

Roswell Park has formed a Strategic Alliance Partnership with OncLive, the official website for the Oncology Specialty Group. Through this partnership, RPCI physicians and researchers share expert analysis and commentary with the oncology community. OncLive publishes Oncology & Biotech News, OncologyLive, Urologists in Cancer Care, Oncology Nursing News, and Contemporary Oncology. The mission of OncLive and these publications is to provide oncology professionals with the resources and information they need to provide the best patient care.

Partnership for Patients

Roswell Park participates in the Partnership for Patients, which is a group of 3,700 participating hospitals that focus on making care safer for their patients. This group shares best practices to help participating hospitals attempt to decrease things such as, adverse drug events, Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections, Central Line Blood Stream Infections, Injuries from Falls and Pressure Ulcers, among others. The Partnership is looking for this collaboration to decrease preventable hospital acquired conditions by 40 percent by the end of 2013 when comparing to 2010.

Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for Patient Satisfaction

Roswell Park consistently works toward the patient-centered care model through multidisciplinary care, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the implementation of patient advisory committees. In addition to providing high-quality care, Roswell Park aims to support the whole patient. Patients' cultures, personal preferences, goals and quality of life are part of their treatment plan and also in alignment with their own treatment goals. We strive to treat the whole patient through diagnosis and treatment to recovery.