Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Business Briefs; Hospital's Cancer Program Honored

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Business Briefs; Hospital's Cancer Program Honored

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The cancer program at the Orange Park Medical Center has received a prestigious endorsement from its peers.

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recently granted the program a full three-year approval with commendation. The program's high approval -- and what it provides -- is something that can mean a lot to the community the medical center serves, said Margaret Wright, director of business development at Orange Park Medical Center.

"It's a wonderful, wonderful service to the community," she said.

The approval by the Commission on Cancer means the cancer program has gone through an intensive survey and study by the commission, she said. The medical center voluntarily worked at implementing the 36 standards necessary for approval by the commission. In addition to being in full compliance with those standards, it achieved an even higher ranking in four of them, receiving commendations in those areas.

The program will now undergo an on-site review by a specially trained surveyor every three years in order to maintain its approval. While the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.3 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2005, only 25 percent of all hospitals in the United States and Puerto Rico are approved cancer programs. Those hospitals treat about 80 percent of the newly diagnosed cancer patients yearly, according to a prepared statement from Orange Park Medical Center.

About 45 approved cancer programs exist in Florida, the statement said. Several hospitals in Duval County have approved cancer programs, according to the American College of Surgeons Web site. They include Baptist Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Memorial Hospital Jacksonville, Shands Jacksonville, St. Vincent's Medical Center and Wolfson's Children's Hospital/Nemours Children's Clinic.


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