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Lori Gardner, Senior Director
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ACCC News Release

For Immediate Release: May 7, 2012

Association of Community Cancer Centers Honors Eight Cancer Programs for Their Innovations

ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has announced the recipients of the 2012 ACCC Innovator Award, sponsored by GE Healthcare. The award honors member programs that have exhibited forward-thinking strategic planning and developed pioneering programs and replicable models. ACCC is the leading national multidisciplinary organization that sets the standard for quality care for patients with cancer.

“The eight ACCC Innovator Award winners represent diverse regions of the country, cancer programs of all sizes, and institutions with varying levels of resources,” said ACCC President George Kovach, MD. “They all share the commitment to enhance cancer care in the community, empower their staff and their patients, and promote transformational change.”

ACCC 2012 Innovator Award recipients will be recognized at the ACCC 29th National Oncology Conference in San Antonio, Tex., October 3-6, 2012. These innovators will share their creative solutions and outstanding programs with meeting attendees. Both ACCC and GE Healthcare will highlight these innovative programs to oncology care providers as well as to the broader healthcare community across the country.

The following cancer programs will receive the 2012 ACCC Innovator Award:

Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, Minneapolis, Minn.; Mercy & Unity Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, Unity Hospital, Fridley, Minn.; and United Hospital, Cancer Care, St. Paul, Minn.
How to Develop a Breast Cancer Program Across a Large Health System
These cancer programs drove a vision of a breast cancer clinical program that focuses on patient experience, quality of care, physician engagement, performance improvement, and cost efficiencies.

Anne Arundel Medical Center, DeCesaris Cancer Institute, Annapolis, Md.
Rapid Access Chest and Lung Assessment Program
This coordinated, multidisciplinary approach led to expedited referrals and better management of patients with abnormal chest findings.

Akron General Medical Center, McDowell Cancer Center, Akron, Ohio
Bridging the Psychosocial and Financial Needs of Oncology Patients
This innovative patient navigation program reduced psychosocial distress, secured direct financial assistance to patients of $1.35 million that would otherwise not have been available, and reduced institutional bad debt.

Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, Pueblo, Colo.
A Comprehensive Team Approach for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer
The Cancer Assessment Resource Education Survivorship (CARES) multidisciplinary team addressed the unique quality-of-life issues faced by patients with head and neck cancers, including difficulties with communication and swallowing, tooth decay, weight loss, and lymphedema.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
New Approaches to Maximize Patient Flow and Reduce Inpatient Hospital Length of Stay
Two multidisciplinary teams worked in tandem to consolidate manual systems, implement bed management software, address multiple operational process improvements, and reduce inpatient hospital length of stay.

Grant Medical Center, Grant Cancer Care, Columbus, Ohio
A Unique Screening Outreach Program: ConvenientCare Mammography
By working closely with area employers, this program offers convenient and efficient screening mammograms to women who work in the downtown community by providing transportation and screening all within the lunch hour.

Mountain States Tumor Institute, St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, Boise, Idaho
A Multidisciplinary Supportive Oncology Clinic with Integrated Medication Therapy Management
This model supportive care clinic improved access to early palliative care in patients with advanced cancer and includes a pharmacist who works side by side with the nurse practitioner to implement medication therapy management and medication reconciliation.

Southwest Cancer Center, UMC Health System, Lubbock, Tex.
Process Improvement Through Patient and Employee Feedback
This community cancer program developed tools that give voice to patients and empower staff to consistently improve the overall patient experience.

The commitment to helping clinicians improve care for patients with cancer is shared by ACCC and GE. GE Healthcare’s sponsorship of the ACCC Innovator Awards will help catalyze cancer innovation in the community setting.

GE Healthcare offers a wide portfolio for oncology and a strategy that combines cellular research, medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, and information technology. These innovative technologies help the oncology community increase their understanding of the causes and progression of cancer and can help physicians make more personalized cancer treatment and management decisions. Recently, GE launched a global healthymagination commitment to help deliver better care to 10 million patients by 2020 through $1 billion in dedicated R&D investment aimed at accelerating cancer treatment progress through innovation.

About the Association of Community Cancer Centers
The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) is the leading advocacy and education organization for the multidisciplinary cancer care team. More than 23,000 cancer care professionals from over 2,000 hospitals and practices nationwide are affiliated with ACCC. It is estimated that 65 percent of the nation's cancer patients are treated by a member of ACCC. Providing a national forum for addressing issues that affect community cancer programs, ACCC is recognized as the premier provider of resources for the entire oncology care team. Our members include medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, cancer program administrators and medical directors, senior hospital executives, practice managers, pharmacists, oncology nurses, radiation therapists, social workers, and cancer program data managers. For more information, visit ACCC's website at Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and read our blog, ACCCBuzz.

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