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Marian Regional Medical Center Honored with Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer

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SANTA MARIA, CA – January 8, 2019 – Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), a Dignity Health Central Coast hospital, has recently been re-accredited by the College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer, receiving an accreditation of “Three-Years with Commendation,” and also being recognized and receiving an Outstanding Achievement Award. This award honors cancer programs who are not just meeting nationally recognized standards for the delivery of quality cancer care, but exceeding expectations and raising the bar on cancer services.

This Outstanding Achievement Award is only offered to programs which represents the ‘best of the best’ in cancer care. The award criteria is based on the cancer program receiving commendation ratings for the seven commendation level standards and no deficiencies for the remaining 27 qualitative and quantitative standards. In 2016 and 2017, only three hospitals in California received this award.

“We are honored to be recognized for this prestigious award for cancer care. It shows the true dedication of our team,” says Sue Andersen, President & CEO, Marian Regional Medical Center “We have made and continue to make a significant commitment to advanced cancer services in our communities. We are proud to offer state-of-the-art technologies that enable our staff and physicians to provide the highest quality of care available, with the comfort of being close to home.”

Additionally, surveyors praised community work done increasing colorectal cancer screenings and awareness education.  This goal was established after community surveys in 2015 and 2017 that indicated a high rate of late stage colorectal cancer in our area  as well as barriers to care. Following the surveys, MRMC’s physicians and Mission Hope together created more outreach 


About Mission Hope Cancer Center
Mission Hope Cancer Center (MHCC) represents a new level of advanced comprehensive cancer care and treatment for central coast residents and their families. This state-of-the-art, 44,000-square-foot facility brings the services a person receiving cancer treatment and their family may need under one roof, right here in Santa Maria. Leading edge technology and advanced treatment options often available only at major teaching centers are available at Mission Hope Cancer Center. Rather than having to travel to receive the most current treatments, patients can stay close to home. MHCC is affiliated with the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCLA’s Translational Oncology Research International network and Translational Research Management to conducts clinical trials. To learn more about Mission Hope Cancer Center, visit  

About Marian Regional Medical Center
Marian Regional Medical Center is a technologically advanced, 191-bed facility that provides safe, quality care.  Marian has been a recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and was also named among the Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care by Healthgrades. Marian is designated a STEMI Receiving Center in Santa Barbara County, and is designated a Level III Trauma Center by Santa Barbara County’s Emergency Medical Services Agency. The facility has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission for advanced, comprehensive care for stroke patients. Our cancer care program is accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, and is one of only three programs between Los Angeles and San Francisco to receive an Outstanding Achievement Award. The campus houses a comprehensive perinatology/ neonatology program, providing specialized care to the tiniest of patients. Marian is a member of Dignity Health Central Coast, which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA, St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA, and St. John’s Pleasant Valley in Camarillo, CA. Dignity Health Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services, including primary care offices, premier surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories, imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service.  



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Tuesday, January 08, 2019