ACCC Innovator Awards
The Association of Community Cancer Centers Innovator Awards, sponsored by GE Healthcare, recognize and honor pioneering strategies for the effective delivery of cancer care in the community setting. Winners gain national visibility as both ACCC and GE Healthcare showcase their innovations to oncology care providers and the broader healthcare community throughout the year.
Innovator Award winners will share their innovations through presentations at the ACCC National Oncology Conference, October 2-5, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, online, and in print.
2013 ACCC Innovator Award Recipients:
- Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center
Avera Cancer Institute
Avera’s Rural Chemotherapy Committee created a process and tools for implementing unified chemotherapy administration standards across multiple facilities—both within and outside the Avera family.
- Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Pennington Cancer Center
Disaster Charts Provide Informational Security Net for Patients
An easily implemented emergency chart system can help ensure continuity of care for your patients in the wake of disaster. Lessons learned post-Hurricane Katrina led this radiation oncology treatment team to develop portable electronic medical records.
- The George Washington University
GW Cancer Institute
Catalyzing Patient-Centered Care to Exceed New Accreditation Standards
A system-wide patient support program helps to navigate patients through the cancer continuum, screen and support patients in high distress, and provide multidisciplinary post-treatment survivorship care. This Citywide Patient Navigation Network connects with primary care, tertiary care, and community-based organizations.
- Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute
Integration of Palliative Care into a Medical Oncology Practice
Access to palliative care in both inpatient and outpatient care settings is integral to optimizing patient care. This program has successfully integrated this care into a medical oncology office setting via a palliative care clinic staffed by a nurse practitioner from the medical oncology practice and a registered nurse from the palliative care team.
- Methodist Healthcare System
Methodist Cancer Center
Emergent Care for Oncology Patients via the VIP
(Very Immunocompromised Patient) Program
A best practice process for rapid assessment and management of oncology patients with a low white blood cell count presenting to the emergency department. The VIP Program includes a pathway for evaluation and treatment and a kit that helps promote patient engagement and coordination of care with community-based physicians.
- St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute
Improving Oncology Genetic Counseling
This two-pronged approach improves patient access to oncology genetic counseling services in rural locations through telehealth and weekly chart review by oncology genetic counselors. The approach offers greater convenience to patients, creates cost savings, and improves quality of care.
- Temple University Hospital
Temple Cancer Program
Creating Transparency with an Electronic Dosimetry Whiteboard
Delays in completion of treatment plans were leading to decreased patient satisfaction, patient care delays, lowered employee morale, and potential lost revenue. Creation of an electronic “whiteboard” not only increases transparency and communication within the radiation oncology department, it identifies potential bottlenecks, expedites the ability to make process changes, and improves patient and employee satisfaction.
- Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Klabzuba Cancer Center
Community/Corporate Collaborations for Mobile Health Outreach
Klabzuba Cancer Center recognized that women in their community accessing their mobile mammography services often had more needs than simple mammograms. Mobile health coaches with full examination facilities as well as mammography suites bring screening services into the community to work sites and rural locations.
- UT Southwestern Medical Center
Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
CancerGene Connect — Creating a Virtual Genetic Counseling Environment
Using the online CancerGene Connect program, patients can complete a family and medical history online prior to their medical appointment. This program allows the genetic counselor to calculate risk for specific hereditary syndromes, and cancers and print out a complete pedigree—all before the patient’s visit.
- Winship Cancer Institute
Implementation of a Community-Based Program for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers
Helping cancer survivors maintain healthy diet and exercise routines can be a challenging component of a comprehensive survivorship plan, so partnerships with existing community resources can help connect patients with the tools and support they need. In collaboration with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, “Winship at the Y” provides survivors with an evidence-based fitness program and more.