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Riddle Hospital’s Cancer Center receives National Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer

Main Line Health July 9, 2014 News Releases

Riddle Hospital’s Cancer Center, part of Main Line Health, has been granted The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award. The award is presented to a select group of 74 accredited cancer programs throughout the United States. Criteria were based on qualitative and quantitative surveys conducted in 2013. Riddle is one of two hospitals in Pennsylvania to receive this distinction.

“This award reflects the dedicated staff who delivers a superior patient experience,” said Gary Perecko, president, Riddle Hospital. “Each day our cancer experts focus on ensuring patients receive the most appropriate, comprehensive care with the goal of improving outcomes and saving lives. The recognition further assures our patients that they have access to advanced care and technology in their community.”

The purpose of the award is to raise the bar on quality cancer care, with the ultimate goal of increasing awareness about comprehensive cancer care choices among cancer patients and their loved ones. In addition, the award is intended to:

  • Recognize those cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.
  • Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care.
  • Facilitate dialogue between award recipients and health care professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices.
  • Encourage honorees to serve as quality-care resources to other cancer programs.

“More and more, we’re finding that patients and their families want to know how the health care institutions in their communities compare with one another,” said Daniel P. McKellar, MD, FACS, Chair of the CoC. “They want access to information in terms of who’s providing the best quality of care, and they want to know about overall patient outcomes. Through this recognition program, I’d like to think we’re playing a small, but vital role, in helping them make informed decisions on their cancer care.”

The 74 award-winning, cancer-care programs represent approximately 14 percent of programs surveyed by the CoC in 2013.

Main Line Health has four cancer centers that serve Philadelphia and its Western Suburbs. Each one is accredited by the CoC and fall into the following categories: Bryn Mawr and Paoli hospitals: Comprehensive Community Care Program (CCCP); Lankenau Medical Center: Academic Comprehensive Care Program (ACAD); and Riddle Hospital: Community Cancer Program (CCP).

For a list of the award winning cancer programs visit

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

About Riddle Hospital

Riddle Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a not-for-profit, acute-care hospital with 204 inpatient beds and 23 Transitional Care Center beds. Riddle has been nationally recognized by The Joint Commission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers and other health care rating organizations for its high quality patient care. For the fourth year in a row, Riddle has achieved designation from the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. Riddle was ranked among the top 10 hospitals in the Philadelphia Metro area by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2016–17, and was ranked as high performing in the specialty area of orthopedics. Riddle Hospital was also ranked as high performing in the following Common Core specialty areas: COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement. The Hospital offers a full range of services including maternity, orthopedic care and cardiovascular care—aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and advanced technology. Riddle Hospital recently expanded and enhanced its emergency department to better suit the growing needs of the community it serves. Health Center 4, a LEED-Certified Gold building, houses the Rothman Institute, the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, a variety of outpatient programs and a state of the art surgical center. The hospital has also achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care.


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