Release Date: 08/17/2015

The American Society of Clinical Oncology, through its Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®), has recertified The Cancer Center at Memorial Hospital, a Care New England hospital.

A Cancer Center of Excellence, Memorial was the second hospital in Rhode Island to earn this prestigious three-year certification which is the result of a rigorous application and review process. The voluntary certification includes a site visit and measurement against ASCO criteria based on clinical guidelines and published standards for quality oncology care.

“The Cancer Center is a special, high-achieving facility that places the focus entirely on the needs of our patients,” explains Anthony Thomas, MD, director of the Center, chief of hematology and oncology at Memorial and clinical assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. “We are pleased that the work we do here, as well as our commitment to quality care, is recognized with this national certification.”

The Cancer Center is a full-service center for patients with many different types of cancer. All the needed services – including lab work and an infusion center – are under one roof for patient convenience. In addition to the QOPI certification, the Cancer Center is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

About Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is a 294-bed hospital that serves as the major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the chief site for the medical school's primary care academic program. Research focuses on primary care and disease prevention, including osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, pulmonary function, maternal and child health and women’s health issues.


Memorial provides a full spectrum of health services for the people of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Services include oncology, cardiovascular, rehabilitation, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, 24-hour intensive care specialist coverage and diagnostics. Memorial offers primary care services in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Plainville, Massachusetts, an adult day center, and home care program to provide a seamless system of medical care.

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