NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital Cancer Center Earns National Accreditation with Multiple Commendations from The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

Apr 20, 2017


The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with multiple Commendations to the cancer program at NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) Lawrence Hospital which received its original accreditation in 1988. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed the CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey.

NYP Lawrence Hospital takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires coordination among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic and interventional radiologists, pathologists, and other supportive oncology providers. The physicians include cancer specialists who are members of the highly regarded NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester and ColumbiaDoctors faculty practices. Many of these doctors are members of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center— one of only three National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in New York State. These provider teams, new technology, access to clinical trials, and disease-specific management teams elevate the level of care provided.

NYP Lawrence Hospital cancer center provides a comprehensive menu of services from prevention to diagnosis to advanced treatments and survivorship. Additional programs include enhanced support and survivorship programs, genetics counseling, nutrition care, pain management, and palliative care.

"This continuation of our decades-long accreditation is a distinction that the entire team takes tremendous pride in. The additional commendations in six areas demonstrates our commitment to the highest quality cancer care. Patients can feel safe knowing that the care they receive is delivered in a state of the art facility and provided by physicians and clinical teams fully vested in achieving the best outcomes," said Michael J. Fosina, president of NYP Lawrence Hospital.

NYP Lawrence Hospital's commitment to quality care begins with specially trained staff and surgeons who participate in voluntary evaluations to earn the CoC accreditation. Key members of the leadership team were crucial in bringing the cancer center to this new level of designation. They include: Dr. Anthony Provenzano, Chair of the Cancer Committee, NYP Lawrence Hospital, Dr. Henry Lee, Director of Radiation Oncology, NYP Lawrence Hospital and Cancer Liaison Physician to the Commission on Cancer, Dr. Maureen Killackey, Director of NYP Lawrence Hospital Cancer Services and National General Member of the Commission on Cancer, and Mr. Cherian Mathew, Data and Accreditation Manager, NYP Lawrence Hospital.

Like all CoC-accredited facilities, NYP Lawrence Hospital maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society .This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports. These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

Founded in 1909, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital has a long and well-established history of providing superior healthcare to the residents of southern Westchester County and its surrounding communities. The 288-bed hospital joined the NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network in 2014 and offers a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, a Maternity Department and an Emergency Department providing emergency care to approximately 46,000 people annually. A new, state-of-the-art comprehensive Cancer Center, accredited by the American College of Surgeons with Commendation, offers infusion, radiation therapy, surgical and support services. NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital provides additional support and care to area residents through NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester, a multispecialty physician practice, as well as ColumbiaDoctors, the faculty practice of Columbia University Medical Center. For more information, visit or call 914-787-1000.


NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the nation's most comprehensive healthcare delivery networks, focused on providing innovative and compassionate care to patients in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the globe. In collaboration with two renowned medical school partners, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian is consistently recognized as a leader in medical education, ground-breaking research and clinical innovation.

NewYork-Presbyterian has four major divisions: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked #1 in the New York metropolitan area by U.S. News and World Report and repeatedly named to the magazine's Honor Roll of best hospitals in the nation; NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network is comprised of leading hospitals in and around New York and delivers high-quality care to patients throughout the region; NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Services connects medical experts with patients in their communities; and NewYork-Presbyterian Community and Population Health features the hospital's ambulatory care network sites and operations, community care initiatives and healthcare quality programs, including NewYork Quality Care, established by NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia and Weill Cornell.

NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the largest healthcare providers in the U.S. Each year, nearly 29,000 NewYork-Presbyterian professionals deliver exceptional care to more than 2 million patients.

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The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC 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.

There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients. For more information, visit: