Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center lands national honor

LEWES – Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center recently was presented with the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

Beebe is one of a select group of only 75 U.S. healthcare facilities out of 588 CoC-accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer Centers to receive this national honor for surveys performed in 2014.

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The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.

“This outstanding achievement is a credit to everyone at Tunnell Cancer Center, as well as those at Beebe who care and treat patients with cancer,” said Jeffrey M. Fried, President and CEO of Beebe Healthcare. “It reflects the commitment and compassion of our team members who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the lives of every patient they treat. With advancements in technology and medicine, cancer has become a chronic disease for many, and the members of our multidisciplinary team not only focus on the care they provide, but on the hope they are able to bring to their patients.

“While Tunnell Cancer Center has continually, over many years, received accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer, this award recognizes the team’s attention to detail and to continuously improving processes that allow us to provide our patients with care, treatment and the emotional support that focuses on producing the best possible outcomes,” Mr. Fried said. “I also want to recognize the dedication and commitment of so many volunteers who make such a difference in the lives of our patients and in the care that we provide.”

The purpose of the award is to raise awareness of the importance of providing quality cancer care at healthcare institutions throughout the United States. Tunnell Cancer Center was evaluated on 34 program standards, and further evaluated on seven commendation standards.  To be eligible, all award recipients must have received commendation ratings in all seven commendation standards, in addition to receiving a compliance rating for each of the 27 other standards.

Tunnell Cancer Center was granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation for the fourth time in a row in February 2015.

“This award is truly a great honor and I am so proud to be part of this team of dedicated professionals,” says Cherrie Rich, RN, MSN, Executive Director of Oncology Services for Beebe Healthcare. “Our multidisciplinary team focuses on providing the latest in cancer treatment to our patients, and reporting information accurately to the National Cancer Institute on the types of treatment, outcomes and survival data so that we can benchmark the care we provide against the national standard of care.”

Tunnell Cancer Center opened in November of 1995 at Beebe’s main campus in Lewes with two oncologists and a handful of staff. Following more than a decade of growth, in 2006, the center moved into its present modern and spacious location at the Beebe Health Campus on John J. Williams Highway in Rehoboth Beach. Today, it is served by 11 oncology specialist physicians and surgeons, two mid-level providers, and more than 90 team members. More than 200 patients come to Tunnell Cancer Center every day. In 2014, Beebe and Nanticoke Cancer Care Center in Seaford entered into an agreement to provide the same level of care and access to clinical trials available to patients of Tunnell Cancer Center to those who reside in western Sussex County.

More information about Tunnell Cancer Center and about overall cancer care at Beebe can be found in the annual report on the Beebe Healthcare website at http://www.beebehealthcare.org/patient-care-services/beebes-tunnell-cancer-center or by calling the center at (302) 645-3770.  For a list of all cancer programs in the U.S. that received the award in 2014 visit: https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/cancer/accredited/about/outstanding/2014.

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