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Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Earns the Outstanding Achievement Award for Cancer Care

This award recognizes cancer programs that achieve excellence in compliance to the CoC Standards and provide the highest quality care to cancer patients.

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital's Seacoast Cancer Center was recently awarded the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commis­sion on Cancer (CoC). Wentworth-Douglass is one of a select group of only 42 U.S. accredited cancer programs – and the only one in New Hampshire – to receive this national honor for surveys conducted in 2016.

The award recognizes those cancer programs that achieve excellence meeting the CoC standards. The purpose of the 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. 

“This recognition by the Commission on Cancer affirms our dedication to offering patients the best cancer care,” says Dr. Barbara Civiello, medical oncologist and chair of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Cancer Committee. “The Seacoast Cancer Center touches the lives of so many people in our community. We are pleased we can offer the highest quality care with advanced treatments and expertise - and make it available to people right here on the Seacoast.”

Wentworth-Douglass’s Seacoast Cancer Center was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within five cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, patient outcomes, and data quality. The cancer center was further evaluated on seven commendation standards. Wentworth-Douglass received commendation ratings in all seven commendation standards in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 27 other standards to earn the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Wentworth-Douglass is accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Only 12 percent of CoC accredited cancer programs received the Outstanding Achievement Award.

The Seacoast Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer care with advanced medical and radiation oncology programs, immunotherapy and targeted therapy, and supportive and wellness services. It also offers clinically affiliated programs with Massachusetts General Hospital in medical oncology, gynecologic oncology, cancer genetics and clinical trials. Learn more at or call (603) 742-8787.

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital ( is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit charitable health care organization located in the Seacoast community of Dover, New Hampshire with a 110-year history of compassionate care and innovation. Serving its communities since 1906, it is a family of almost 400 providers and over 2,300 employees including 494 registered nurses and over 200 volunteers dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of residents and visitors to the Seacoast area of New Hampshire and Southern Maine. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital was awarded Magnet® designation in 2016 and includes a 178-bed hospital, several urgent care and walk-in facilities, multiple testing centers, 28 provider practices, the Wentworth-Douglass Foundation and The Works, a full service health and fitness center.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. The CoC’s accreditation program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related services. For more information on the CoC, visit:


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