The Brown received a three-year accreditation with commendation as a teaching hospital cancer program – the only such program in the region – after an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. The award recognizes excellence in cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

Only 42 percent of U.S. cancer centers receive three-year accreditation with commendation, according to the CoC.

“We are pleased that the CoC has recognized and endorsed our commitment to quality care, ongoing improvement and public accountability for the care and services we provide,” said Donald Miller, cancer center director. “The Brown Cancer Center continues to serve as a unique cancer care, research and support resource for the region.”

Less than a year ago, the Brown also became the first center in Kentucky to receive CoC accreditation as a breast care center.

The center has maintained its accreditation status for more than 20 years, according to Mary Wilson, team leader for cancer registry.

The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patient through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care.