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ROANOKE, Va. (May 26, 2011) – Carilion Clinic's Roanoke-based cancer treatment program has been granted the "Outstanding Achievement Award" by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. It is among a select group of 90 accredited cancer programs across the United States to receive this distinction, representing only 17 percent of programs surveyed during this period.

Established in 2004, the CoC "Outstanding Achievement Award" (OAA) is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a Commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.

For Carilion Clinic, the award highlights the exceptional quality of the cancer program, which features a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary team approach to the latest cancer treatment options and access to the most recent clinical trials.

"We've been an accredited cancer program since 1979, but this accreditation period was the first time we've strived to attain the Outstanding Achievement Award," explains Jane Gladwell, manager of Carilion Clinic's tumor registry. "Our oncology committee made this our goal in 2007 and we're so proud to have met it. This recognition showcases the level of care we provide to our patients and is personally very rewarding."

The oncology committee is comprised of many members, both clinical and non-clinical, from areas including pediatric oncology, surgery, pathology, diagnostic radiology, gynecologic oncology, hospitalist/palliative care, radiation oncology, tumor registry, among others.

Carilion Clinic's Roanoke cancer treatment program is accredited through 2013. For more information about the CoC, visit www.facs.org/cancer/index.html.

About Carilion Clinic

Carilion Clinic is a not-for-profit healthcare organization serving nearly one million people in Virginia through hospitals, outpatient specialty centers and advanced primary care practices. Led by multi-specialty physician teams with a shared philosophy that puts the patient first, Carilion is committed to improving outcomes for every patient while advancing the quality of care through medical education and research. For more information visit www.carilionclinic.org/about.

About the Commission on Cancer

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is 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 47 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.-----------------------------------------------------------------------

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