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RUMC Earns National Accreditation from American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer

Posted Date: 7/23/2018
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Friday, July 20, 2018 – The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has awarded Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the cancer program at Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC). Since 1937, RUMC’s cancer program has held the approval of the Commission, one of the most prestigious national accreditations in the field of cancer. This latest accreditation marks 81 consecutive years of approval from the Commission for RUMC.

To earn accreditation, RUMC continues to meet or exceed the Commission’s quality care standards in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered cancer care.  Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to facilities that exceed the Commission’s standard requirements. 

“No one wants to hear they or someone they know has cancer. But in those circumstances, you want to find the best care possible, as quickly as possible. For eighty-one years, RUMC is proud to have been at the forefront of helping Staten Island residents in their fight against cancer,” Daniel J. Messina, Pd.D., FACHE, LNHA, President and CEO, said.

RUMC has a long tradition of providing Staten Island with specialized, comprehensive oncology-related services that treat a wide variety of cancer conditions. The hospital’s cancer services team includes experienced professionals certified in dealing with the special needs of cancer patients.

This past May, RUMC opened its state of the art Center for Cancer Care, located at 1000 South Avenue. The center is home to the most sophisticated tools and technologies available to diagnose and treat cancer. Physicians at the center provide comprehensive care tailored to the patient, including onsite radiation therapy treatments. The center is also a learning facility providing medical professionals the latest training in the field of oncology.

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.7 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed nationwide in 2018. According to recent findings from the New York State Department of Health, Staten Island has had the highest overall cancer rate in New York City from 2011 to 2015. Cases of thyroid cancer on Staten Island are 67 percent higher than the state average, making it the highest of all counties in New York State.


Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), is a not-for-profit healthcare provider serving the ethnically diverse community of Staten Island and its neighbors. We provide premier-quality patient care through a full spectrum of emergent, acute, primary, behavioral health and educational services. We do this in an environment that promotes the highest satisfaction among patients, families, physicians and staff. For more information call 1-718-818-1234 or visit Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Commission on Cancer: 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.  For more information, visit: