UPMC CancerCenter's Commitment to Quality
Our cancer care is recognized by accredited, independent organizations for its quality, consistency, and outcomes of comprehensive cancer care. We are intensely committed to meeting the highest standards of cancer care across all areas of our network. We are proud of the many distinctions UPMC CancerCenter, and our partner, the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, the region's only Comprehensive Cancer Center as designated by the National Cancer Institute, have achieved, including accreditation from the American College of Radiation Oncology Practice and Quality Oncology Practice Initiative, as a result of our complete focus on the well-being of our cancer patients.
An unwavering commitment to quality care.
We're on a mission to prevent, treat, and heal cancer. And we are consistently recognized by national, independent oncology care organizations for our high standards of cancer care. At UPMC CancerCenter, patients come first. We work tirelessly to ensure cancer patient safety and to provide an exceptional level of cancer care.
How does UPMC CancerCenter measure up?
Quality drives successful cancer patient outcomes. QOPI, the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative, recognizes the importance of continuous quality improvement in medical oncology care.
Developed by world-renowned oncologists and quality cancer care experts, this program gives cancer treatment practices the measurement and improvement tools they need to meet nationally accepted oncology standards.
UPMC CancerCenter is one of the largest cancer treatment networks in the United States — both in number of cancer care sites and geographic area — to apply for and receive QOPI certification.
UPMC CancerCenter is driven to achieve the highest quality standards in radiation therapy. That's where the American College of Radiation Oncology Practice Accreditation (ACRO) comes in. It assures that we're meeting vigorous and nationally accepted standards for cancer patient safety and radiation oncology care.
ACRO accreditation isn't easy to come by. All of our personnel, equipment, and quality assurance and quality control procedures must go through a demanding review process in order to meet specific requirements.
NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center
Welcome to cancer care that's judged to be among the best in the nation. Our partner, the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, is one of only 47 cancer centers in the United States with a Comprehensive Cancer Center designation by the National Cancer Institute and is the only Comprehensive Cancer Center in western Pennsylvania.
What does this Comprehensive Cancer Center designation mean for patients? It gives them access to leading edge cancer treatments and clinical trials, bridging the gap between bench and bedside.
U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals
UPMC is consistently found on the list of U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals. In 2015-16, UPMC was ranked nationally in 14 adult specialties, including Cancer.
To be considered a Top-Ranked Hospital for Cancer, a hospital must be experienced in treating difficult cancer cases. A hospital is listed only if it treated at least 241 such inpatients in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Commission on Cancer (CoC)
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is a nationally recognized multidisciplinary accreditation program. Accreditation through the ACS Commission on Cancer means that a center meets a national quality standard, establishes a framework for quality, and improves patient care.
The UPMC St. Margaret Cancer Program, UPMC CancerCenter at UPMC Northwest, UPMC CancerCenter at UPMC Passavant, and UPMC/St. Clair Hospital Cancer Center are accredited with commendation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).