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Memorial Hospital receives Commission on Cancer Award

TEMPLE, Texas –  Scott & White Memorial Hospital, which is located in Temple, Texas and is part of Baylor Scott & White Health, received the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). It’s the third time Scott & White Memorial Hospital received this honor since the ACS CoC began giving this award in 2004. Scott & White Memorial Hospital is one of a select group of only 74 U.S. health care facilities and one of three in Texas with accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor 2013. Since receiving its first accreditation in 1933 from the American College of Surgeons, the first in Texas, the cancer program at Scott & White Memorial has maintained its accreditation for over 80 years. The CoC award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.

“Receiving this honor speaks to our ongoing commitment to provide quality care for our patients,” said Mark Holguin, MD, medical director for the Glenda Tanner Vasicek Cancer Center at Scott & White Memorial. “It’s truly a team effort by our physicians, nurses, and all of support staff to ensure the patient gets the care they need.”

The purpose of the award is to raise awareness of the importance of providing quality cancer care at healthcare institutions throughout the U.S. In addition, it is intended to:


  • Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care.
  • Facilitate dialogue between award recipients and healthcare professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices.
  • Encourage honorees to serve as quality-care resources to other cancer programs.
  • Educate cancer patients on available quality-care options.

The Glenda Tanner Vasicek Cancer Treatment Center program was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within one of five cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, cancer conferences, clinical services and quality improvement. The program was 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 34 other standards.

For a list of all cancer programs in the U.S. that received the award in 2013 visit click on the following link: (Click here for a complete list of award recipients.)

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