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CONTACT: Lori Gardner, Senior Director
Communications & Marketing
301.984.9496 ext. 226

June 23, 2014

The Association of Community Cancer Centers Announces 2014 Innovator Award Recipients

ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) is pleased to announce that six cancer programs have been selected as 2014 Innovator Award recipients for their pioneering solutions in the effective delivery of cancer care. Among the innovations from these award winning programs are novel tools for creating system-wide distress screening and comprehensive survivorship care plans for cancer patients; a process for tracking quality measures and outcomes to optimize palliative care; development of a nurse practitioner-led symptom management clinic that provides rapid coordination of care; and a highly successful oncology medical home model that is being piloted in seven independent community oncology practices.

Established in 2011, ACCC's Innovator Awards honor excellence in cancer programs that are raising the bar in quality cancer care delivery, and have implemented forward-thinking, replicable programs.

"ACCC is proud of our 2014 Innovator Award winners, and their exceptional commitment to enhancing quality cancer care in their communities," said ACCC President, Becky L. DeKay, MBA. "On behalf of ACCC, I would like to congratulate this year's winners for their roles in developing outstanding, patient-focused programs that will inspire others working in cancer care."

ACCC’s 2014 Innovator Award winners are:

The award recipients will present the details and outcomes of their programs at the ACCC 31st National Oncology Conference, October 8–10, 2014, in San Diego, CA. For more details, visit

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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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