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2012 ACCC Innovator Awards

2012 ACCC Innovator Awards

The Association of Community Cancer Centers' 2012 Innovator Awards, sponsored by GE Healthcare, honor member programs that have exhibited forward-thinking strategic planning and developed pioneering programs and replicable models. Congratulations to the ACCC-member programs selected to receive a 2012 ACCC Innovator Award!

These innovative award recipients were recognized at the ACCC 29th National Oncology Conference in San Antonio, Tex., October 3-6, 2012. The innovators shared their creative solutions and outstanding programs with meeting attendees. Additionally, both ACCC and GE Healthcare will promote these innovative programs to oncology care providers as well as to the broader healthcare community across the country.

Click hereFor more information on the 2012 Innovator Award recipients' programs, read our brochure,
"A Showcase of Achievement."

Meet the 2012 ACCC Innovator Award Recipients


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.

Hear how McDowell Cancer Center developed their unique patient navigation model.

Anne Arundel

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

This coordinated, multidisciplinary approach led to expedited referrals and better management of patients with abnormal chest findings.

Watch Dr. Steven Cattaneo of DeCesaris Cancer Institute describe the effectiveness of their Rapid Access Chest and Lung Assessment Program.

Dorcy Cancer Center

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

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

In this video, learn how Dorcy Cancer Center created their "CARES" program.

Fox Chase Cancer Center

Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
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.

Watch Anne Jadwin from Fox Chase Cancer Center discuss their multidisciplinary approach.

OhioHealth Grant Medical Center

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

By working closely with area employers, this program offers convenient and efficient screening mammograms to women who work in the downtown community by providing transportation and screening all within the lunch hour.

Hear the effect that this novel outreach program has had on the patient experience and patient loyalty.

Read the Oncology Issues article on ConvenientCare Mammography.

St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute

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

This model supportive care clinic improved 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.

Hear MSTI staff discuss their integrated medication therapy management.

Southwest Cancer Center

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

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

In this video, members of the Patient Advisory Council describe the changes they've been empowered to make at Southwest Cancer Care.

Allina Health

Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® - Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn.; Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® - Unity Hospital, Fridley, Minn.; Mercy Hospital Cancer Program, Coon Rapids, Minn.; and United Hospital Cancer Program, St. Paul, Minn.; all part of Allina Health
How to Develop a Breast Cancer Program Across a Large Health System

These cancer programs drove a vision of a breast cancer clinical program that focuses on patient experience, quality of care, physician engagement, performance improvement, and cost efficiencies.

Watch a video about these programs' team approach to breast cancer care.

Learn more about ACCC's Innovator Awards.

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