2011 Winners

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.



Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center, Cancer Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

How to Evaluate & Strategically Plan for Radiation Oncology Technology Capital Needs—Objectively

Aurora Health developed objective criteria to justify its ongoing and future capital needs (radiation oncology equipment and robotic surgery technology, for example) across its entire system of acute care hospitals, outpatient cancer clinics, and radiation oncology sites.
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Bridgeport Hospital, Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute, Bridgeport, Connecticut

The Patient Passport

The Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital developed a unique tool to empower patients: a portable, streamlined, patient-friendly document called the Patient Passport.


Holy Cross Hospital Cancer Institute, Silver Spring, Maryland

Virtual Communications Within & Beyond the Cancer Program

An innovative model of “virtual care” brings communication within and beyond the cancer program; streamlines care, consultation, and decision-making; and benefits patients, family members, and the cancer care team.
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Kansas City Cancer Center, Overland Park, Kansas

Teach Your Staff Lean Six Sigma Principles

Kansas City Cancer Center launched an innovative training program to provide Lean Six Sigma Certification to its managers, supervisors, and team leads.
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Memorial University Medical Center, Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute, Savannah, Georgia

Nip It in the Butt: Breathing in the Truth about Tobacco

The Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center made it their mission to reduce tobacco-related illness and death in their community through student education on the dangers of tobacco use.
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MultiCare Health System, MultiCare Regional Cancer Center, Tacoma, Washington

Leveraging Information Technology to Enhance the Patient Experience

Find out about a continuum of IT services across system-wide care locations at MultiCare Regional Cancer Center. A significant technology investment was made to shift to a full EMR, spanning a continuum of services. Plus, there is a multifunction audio-visual system at each chemotherapy chair, wall-mounted monitors in all examination and counseling rooms, and more.
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Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at St. Joseph's/Candler, Savannah, Georgia
Harbin Clinic, Rome, Georgia
The Medical Center, Inc., John B. Amos Cancer Center, Columbus, Georgia

Navigating for Improved Outcomes

Learn how these three programs collaborated to share aggregate data, promote efficiencies, and increase quality within the services provided for breast cancer patients.
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Oregon Health and Science University, Knight Cancer Institute, Portland, Oregon

Telepharmacy: The Future Is Now

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute developed remote medication verification technology that reduced risk, improved safety, and saved about $450,000 in yearly personnel expenses.
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St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute, Boise, Idaho

A Pharmacist-Run Oral Chemotherapy Program: An Economic and Clinical Opportunity

Learn how the oral chemotherapy program at Mountain States Tumor Institute serves as an example for how prescription revenue can stay within the system.


Southside Regional Medical Center Cancer Center, Petersburg, Virginia

Oncology-Related Fertility Needs in the Community Setting

Examine models to assure appropriate and timely assessment, referrals, and care to meet the fertility-related needs of childbearing-age cancer patients.


Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Marsha & Jimmy Gibbs Regional Cancer Center, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Challenging the Paradigm of Care Delivery for Survivors in the Community

Marketing efforts and education of key stakeholders improved physician, staff, and patient awareness and encouraged buy-in for the survivorship program at Gibbs Cancer Center.


University of Colorado Hospital, University of Colorado Cancer Center, Aurora, Colorado

A Short Case Study on Academic Medicine Joint Strategic Planning

Learn how the clinical enterprise at the University of Colorado Hospital, University Physicians, Inc., and the University of Colorado School of Medicine tackled the strategic planning process for their cancer service line and improved communication.

icon-star-20x20Past ACCC Innovator Award Winners

Since 2011, ACCC Innovator Awards honor Cancer Program Members for their ingenuity and pioneering achievements in oncology. Innovations advance the goals of improving access, quality, and value in cancer care delivery.