Barrett Cancer Center Receives Accreditation Award

One of Five Oldest Accredited Cancer Programs in United States

CINCINNATI–June 7, 2012–The Barrett Cancer Center at UC Health University of Cincinnati Medical Center has been awarded with a three-year accreditation renewal and commendation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and its Commission on Cancer.

 “This independent accreditation further validates our ongoing efforts to become a world-renowned cancer treatment facility,” said W. Brian Gibler, MD, President & CEO, University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Senior Vice President, UC Health. “We are dedicated to diagnosing and treating cancer patients with the highest level of clinical excellence and care.”

The cancer services provided by the Barrett Cancer Center have been continually accredited since 1934, making University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s program one of the five oldest accredited cancer programs in the nation. Renewal of accreditation for three years was contingent upon meeting 36 standards set forth by the ACS Commission on Cancer. To measure this, the ACS sent a physician surveyor, specifically trained to evaluate compliance with the standards, to review the entire scope, organization and activity of UC Health’s cancer operations.

The Barrett Cancer Center also received a commendation rating for five of the eight commendation-eligible standards. They are:

  • Outcome analysis
  • Quality of patient care
  • Clinical trial accrual
  • Prevention and early detection programs
  • Cancer-related quality improvements

About The Commission on Cancer

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation Program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs. These programs focus on prevention, early diagnosis, pretreatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support services, and end-of-life care.

About University of Cincinnati Medical Center

 University of Cincinnati Medical Center is the region’s leading health care provider, serving more than 500,000 patients per year with primary care services and an extensive list of specialized inpatient and outpatient care services. It is home to the area’s only adult Level I Trauma Center, accredited hospital-based helicopter ambulance service and multi-solid organ transplant center. The hospital is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s annual guide to America’s Best Hospitals and as one of the Top Tier Hospitals in the U.S. by Thompson Reuters.

 About UC Health

UC Health includes University of Cincinnati Medical Center, ranked the best hospital in the region by US News and World Report; West Chester Hospital, Cincinnati’s newest hospital; Drake Center, Cincinnati’s premier provider of long term acute care; UC Physicians, Cincinnati’s largest specialty practice group with 650 board-certified clinicians and surgeons; the Lindner Center of HOPE, the region’s premier mental health center, and  the UC Cancer Institute, the UC Cardiovascular Institute, the UC Neuroscience Institute and the UC Diabetes and Endocrinology Institute. To learn more, visit


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Diana Maria Lara
UC Health

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