Lutheran is one of only 74 cancer programs surveyed in the United States during 2013 to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award. Programs may elect to go through the voluntary accreditation process every three years. Lutheran's cancer program has maintained its accreditation and the CoC outstanding achievement designation since its first accreditation as a new program in 2007. This was a rare achievement for a center's inaugural survey, according to a news release.
The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent five areas of cancer program activity. These include cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, cancer conferences, clinical management and quality improvement. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 27 cancer program standards.