United States Department of Veterans Affairs

VA NY Harbor to be presented with Achievement Award for Cancer Care
May 17, 2011

Brooklyn, NY – VA New York Harbor Healthcare System has earned the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer (CoC). The award will be presented by Martina Parauda, Director of VA NYHHS, at the Cancer Survivor’s Day celebration on June 15, 2011 at 1 PM in the Assembly Room, second floor.

Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a Commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.

The level of compliance with the seven standards is determined during an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards.

“I am so proud of the staff on New York Harbor for this achievement,” said Ms. Parauda. “This is the first time a VA facility in our network has received this award. Since its establishment in 2004, only 10 VAs have ever received this award.”

“The Outstanding Achievement Award, which recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients, would not have been possible without the hard work, commitment and contributions of our staff,” said Carol Luhrs, M.D., Chief, Hematology/Oncology at the Brooklyn Campus. ###