Press Release

For Immediate Release
Apr 19, 2012
Contact : Maureen Gillespie, Manager, Public Relations  

Jersey Shore receives National Achievement Award from
The American College of Surgeons

Commission on Cancer recognizes Jersey Shore’s Cancer Care Program as one of the nation’s best  

Neptune, NJ -  The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to Jersey Shore University Medical Center as a result of a survey performed in September 2011. Jersey Shore is one of a select group of 106 programs nationwide who received full accreditation with the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2011.


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.  106 programs, including Jersey Shore, represent approximately 22 percent of programs surveyed during 2011.


Mark Krasna, M.D., Corporate Medical Director of Oncology at Meridian Health, comments, “Receiving this prestigious award from The American College of Surgeons validates the success of the multidisciplinary approach we have taken, and the quality and strength of our program. We’re delighted to be recognized as a regional leader in cancer care, and look forward to expanding both our services and our team of committed physicians.”


The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards.  Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.  To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.


Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.  Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and representatives of 49 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.                                     


About Jersey Shore University Medical Center:

Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and home to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital – the first children’s hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program which has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and stroke rescue center in the region. Jersey Shore University Medical Center specializes in cardiovascular care, orthopedics and rehabilitation, cancer care, neuroscience, and women’s specialty services. For more information on Jersey Shore University Medical Center call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit