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Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center receives national Outstanding Achievement Award

Pictured above is the Tumor Board made up of a variety of physicians. They meet weekly to discuss individual cases and decide best practice treatments for patients.


​​​The American College of Surgeons recently recognized Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center as one of a select ​group to receive the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award. Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center’s accredited cancer program is one of only 79 U.S. health care facilities to receive the award this year. The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to patients.

Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center’s services were evaluated on 29 program standards categorized within one of four cancer program activity areas: 

  •  Cancer committee leadership

  •  ​​Cancer data management 

  • Clinical services

  • Quality improvement 

“The Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center is more than just the title of our facility, it’s our systematic approach to how we treat cancer patients every day,” said Rae Gonterman, senior vice president, Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center. “We work to ensure all patients have the right plan, resources and access to those resources as they receive their treatment. This award recognizes that hard work by everyone on the Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center team.”

The ACS awards outstanding cancer centers every year as a way of raising awareness to the importance of providing quality cancer care at healthcare institutions throughout the U.S.  In addition, it is intended to. 

  • Motivate other cancer programs to work toward improving their level of care. 

  • Facilitate dialogue between award recipients and healthcare professionals at other cancer facilities for the purpose of sharing best practices. 

  • Encourage honorees to serve as quality-care resources to other cancer programs.

  • Educate cancer patients on available quality-care options. 

For a list of all cancer programs in the U.S. that received the award in 2012 visit:

About the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer/accreditation program.

Established in 1922 by the ACS, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.  The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program.  The CoC’s accreditation program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs.  For more information on the CoC, visit: (.)​​

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