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October 22, 2015

Association of Community Cancer Centers Announces 5th Annual Innovator Awards Winners

ROCKVILLE, Md.—Six cancer programs that have exhibited forward-thinking strategic planning and developed pioneering programs and creative solutions have received the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) 2015 Innovator Awards. Innovations pioneered by the award winners include creating a real-time patient locator system to decrease wait times and streamline the chemotherapy and pharmacy processes, launching a STAR “prehab” program to help prepare patients both physically and mentally before surgery, and developing a standardized, integrated database of clinical and business metrics to measure, analyze and improve patient care and operational efficiency.

This year’s winners are:

"We are honored to recognize programs that are implementing new technologies and fostering innovation that aims to change the way we deliver oncology care,” said ACCC President, Steven D’Amato, BSPharm, BCOP. "We encourage individuals working in cancer care at the community level to consider ways to replicate these programs to improve the patient experience and access to quality cancer care.”

Since 2011, the ACCC Innovator Awards have honored exceptional cancer programs that advance the goal of improving cancer care access, quality and cost-effectiveness. The 2015 award recipients are presenting details of their outstanding programs and replicable models at the ACCC 32nd National Oncology Conference, October 21-23, 2015, in Portland, Oregon.

Following is more information on this year’s award-winning programs:

For more details and videos highlighting each of the programs, go to

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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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