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Friday, April 03, 2009 - Broward General Cancer Services Earns Outstanding Achievement Award

Award presented by American College of Surgeons held by few in nation.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Broward Health’s Comprehensive Cancer Center at Broward General Medical Center recently received the 2008 Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons. Only 93 programs across the United States earned this distinction in 2008. Broward General, which first received the recognition in 2005, was the first program in Florida to receive this award.

“We are very proud to be awarded the highest national honor again,” said Nicholas Tranakas, M.D., Medical Director of Cancer Services for Broward Health. “Our team continually strives to provide the highest quality care for our patients. This award demonstrates the comprehensive scope of our cancer program, and is a tribute to the team of specialized physicians and staff who consistently provide the highest level of cancer care in Broward County.”

The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Broward General provides state-of-the-art diagnosis and care for all forms of cancer in adults and children. The Center maintains the esteemed approval of the CoC and is also affiliated with the world-renowned Moffit Cancer Center, an elite group of National Cancer Institute Centers solely dedicated to the rapid translation of research discoveries to directly benefit people with cancer.

Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. A facility receives the Outstanding Achievement Award following a rigorous on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a high level of compliance with standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement).

Broward General’s Comprehensive Cancer Center received a perfect score on all of the nine eligible standards for commendation, along with full compliance on the remaining standards evaluated. Only three hospitals in Florida received nine commendations; Broward General was the only facility in Broward County to earn this distinction.

The Commission on Cancer was established in 1922 by The American College of Surgeons as a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and representatives of 40 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world-class healthcare services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org.