FirstHealth receives award for cancer care

First Posted: 3/24/2015

PINEHURST — For the fourth time since 2005 and every time for which it has been eligible, the cancer program at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital has received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

Established in 2004, the award recognizes cancer programs that demonstrate excellence by earning commendation for all applicable standards and providing quality care to patients with cancer.

This year the award went to 75 Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer programs in the United States — only two of them in North Carolina. The FirstHealth program is one of only six in the country and the only one in North Carolina to have been recognized with the award four times.

Programs are surveyed on three-year accreditation cycles.

The 75 programs receiving the most recent Outstanding Achievement Award were surveyed during 2014 and represent only about 15 percent of the cancer programs surveyed during that period. Most of the recipients are community-based facilities, although the number also includes academic hospitals, integrated networks and one Veterans Affairs facility.

FirstHealth’s cancer services include medical oncology and hematology, radiation oncology and gynecologic oncology. Services are provided at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst and FirstHealth Sanford Hematology Oncology (a division of Moore Regional Hospital) in Sanford.