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Lutheran Cancer Center Receives Outstanding Achievement Award

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Thursday, March 31, 2011) – Lutheran Hospital officials today announced that the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons recently granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to the Lutheran cancer program as a result of surveys performed during 2010.

Lutheran is one of only 90 currently and newly accredited cancer programs in the United States to receive this award. Only 17 percent of programs surveyed achieved this designation. Lutheran received notice of this honor last week.

“Receiving this award reiterates that patient care is in the forefront at Lutheran Hospital,” said Joe Dorko, CEO, Lutheran Health Network. “The on-going care of cancer patients requires a great deal of teamwork among many different areas including clinical, medical, support and logistical staff. I am proud our team continues to excel in our abilities to help support and navigate people throughout their cancer course.”

The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity. These include cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach and quality improvement. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards.

The CoC Outstanding Achievement Award applauds cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. An on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor determines the facility’s level of compliance to the seven primary standards.


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