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Aurora Medical Center Receives National Recognition For Cancer Program

Friday, March 13, 2009

Kenosha, Wis. -- Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha joins an elite number of cancer programs in the nation recognized for providing excellent cancer care.

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recently presented the hospital with an outstanding achievement award.

Only about 25% of all hospitals in the country have approved cancer programs, with fewer receiving commendation. Fewer still receive an outstanding achievement designation. The outstanding designation mean that patients are receiving some of the highest quality cancer care in the nation.

Chris Olson, vice president and chief administrative officer, Aurora Medical Center, credited the physicians and staff of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic for their dedication and commitment to excellence.

"This recognition is a testament to our commitment to delivering high quality care and putting our patients first," she said. "Special thanks to the entire team involved in the project. The evaluation process to gain this designation is very demanding. This is an achievement we can all be proud of."

To achieve American College of Surgeon approval, a hospital must comply with 36 standards and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of its performance. Patients who select an "approved" hospital receive comprehensive care involving state-of-the-art services and equipment; a multispecialty team approach to coordinate best treatment options; access to cancer-related information, education, and support; a cancer registry that collects data and offers life-long support, and quality care close to home.

Walter Wong, M.D., radiation oncologist, Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic, Aurora Medical Center, said the designation is an excellent example of a multidiscipline approach to improving patient care.

"This was a true partnership in the sense that you have physicians from many areas including radiology, pathology, surgery, primary care, and oncology who are committed to providing the very best care to our cancer patients," he said. "This is a quality program and the outstanding designation reaffirms that fact." Deni Kraabel, manager, radiation oncology, Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic, Aurora Medical Center, said the recognition reinforces Aurora's commitment to providing high quality cancer care.

"Our patients are like our family," she said. "We care for our patients as if they were our mom, dad, sister, or brother. We're very fortunate to have hard working, caring health care professionals on our staff, and this recognition is the result of their dedication and commitment to our patients and their families."

To learn more about Aurora Health Care's cancer programs and services, please log onto www.AuroraHealthCare.org.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Andy Johnson, (262) 767-6267

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