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2012 Winners

A Showcase of Achievement

ACCC’s 2012 Innovator Award Recipients Lead the Way to Transformational Change


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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.

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Anne Arundel Medical Center, Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute, Annapolis, Maryland
Rapid Access Chest and Lung Assessment Program

Understand the value of expedited referral from community providers and timely, appropriate management of patients with abnormal chest findings through a coordinated multidisciplinary approach.

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Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, Pueblo, Colorado
A Comprehensive Team Approach for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer

The Cancer Assessment Resource Education Survivorship (CARES) multidisciplinary team addresses 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.

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Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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.

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OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, Grant Cancer Care, Columbus, Ohio
A Unique Screening Outreach Program: ConvenientCare Mammography

Working closely with area employers, Grant Cancer Services offers convenient and efficient screening mammograms to women who work in the downtown community by providing transportation and screening all within the lunch hour.

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St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute, Boise, Idaho
A Multidisciplinary Supportive Oncology Clinic with Integrated Medication Therapy Management

This model supportive care clinic improves 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.

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Southwest Cancer Center, UMC Health System, Lubbock, Texas
Process Improvement Through Patient and Employee Feedback

This community cancer program develops tools that give voice to patients and empower staff to consistently improve the overall patient experience..

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Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® - Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® - Unity Hospital
Mercy Hospital Cancer Program, Coon Rapids, Minn.; and United Hospital Cancer Program
all part of Allina Health

How to Develop a Breast Cancer Program Across a Large Health System

Learn how to guide your Breast Program Committee and drive the vision of a breast cancer clinical program that focuses on patient experience, quality of care, physician engagement, performance improvement, and cost efficiencies..

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