Community Medical Center Receives National Outstanding Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer

One of only two hospitals in New Jersey to Achieve this Distinction

April 10, 2015, Toms River, NJ – Community Medical Center was recently presented with the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer. Community Medical Center is one of a select group of only 75 U.S. health care facilities with accredited cancer programs and one of only two in NJ to receive this national honor for surveys performed last year. The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. Community Medical Center has been accredited by the Commission on Cancer since 1986.

"Our physicians, nurses, and support staff at the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center are committed to providing exceptional care. This Outstanding Achievement Award validates the care they provide and is a testament to their dedication to our patients," said Stephanie L. Bloom, president and chief executive officer, Community Medical Center. "We continually work to elevate the care we provide by addressing patient-centered needs and one such example is our Oncology Nurse Navigator program. Patients undergoing care here have access to our nurse navigators who assist patients to better understand their diagnosis, access care and help them and their family members cope during treatment and through survivorship," she added.

The J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center was evaluated on 34 program standards categorized within one of four cancer program activity areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, and quality improvement. The cancer 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 27 other standards.

The Commission on Cancer Accreditation Program provides the framework for the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center to improve its quality of patient-care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care. "When patients receive care at a Commission on Cancer accredited facility, they have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors' quality of life," according to Rajesh Iyer, chair, Department of Radiation Oncology and Community Medical Center's Cancer Committee.

For more information, about the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center, call 732.557.8148 or visit For information on the Commission on Cancer and a list of cancer programs in the U.S. that received the award in 2014 visit:

About the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center:

The J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center, a member of the Penn Cancer Network, offers a full continuum of preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic and support services. The radiation and medical oncologists, surgeons, pathologists and radiologists are leaders in their field and provide highly sophisticated care in collaboration with oncology nurses and support staff. The center offers state-of-the-art technology including a Rapid Arc Linear Accelerator, Cyberknife, 3-tesla MRI, 64- slice CT scan and infusion center. Like all Commission on Cancer-accredited facilities, the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the Commission on Cancer and American Cancer Society. The J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center takes a holistic approach to cancer care and offers patient navigators to assist patients and their families, a genetic counseling program and many complementary therapies including art, music and pet therapy.

About the Commission on Cancer:

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 Commission on Cancer provides the public with information on the resources, services and cancer treatment experience for each of its accredited cancer program. The Commission on Cancer's accreditation program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve on their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs.