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Marian Regional Medical Center, a Dignity Health Central Coast hospital, has recently been re-accredited by the College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer, receiving an accreditation of Three-Years with Commendation, and also being recognized and receiving an Outstanding Achievement Award. This award honors cancer programs that are not just meeting nationally recognized standards for the delivery of quality cancer care, but exceeding expectations and raising the bar on cancer services.

This Outstanding Achievement Award is only offered to programs which represents the "best of the best" in cancer care. The award criteria is based on the cancer program receiving commendation ratings for the seven commendation level standards and no deficiencies for the remaining 27 qualitative and quantitative standards. In 2016 and 2017, only three hospitals in California received this award.

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“We are honored to be recognized for this prestigious award for cancer care. It shows the true dedication of our team,” says Sue Andersen, President & CEO, Marian Regional Medical Center. “We have made and continue to make a significant commitment to advanced cancer services in our communities. We are proud to offer state-of-the-art technologies that enable our staff and physicians to provide the highest quality of care available, with the comfort of being close to home.”

Additionally, surveyors praised community work done increasing colorectal cancer screenings and awareness education. This goal was established after community surveys in 2015 and 2017 that indicated a high rate of late stage colorectal cancer in our area as well as barriers to care. Following the surveys, MRMC’s physicians and Mission Hope together created more outreach and enhanced programs which has resulted in significant drop in the percentage of Stage III colorectal cancer and an increase in detecting Stage I and Stage II cases.  Not only have outcomes from the outreach campaign shown a profound and steady climb in colonoscopy screening numbers locally, but the accreditation body stated that outreach to our community through our monthly community calendar is a best practice for cancer prevention screening numbers.”

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