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BROOKLYN, New York (November 17, 2010) – The Maimonides Cancer Center – Brooklyn’s only dedicated cancer center – has been given a three-year accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients.

“From its inception, the Cancer Center was intended to provide the highest quality clinical care.  The official ‘stamp-of-approval’ with commendations from an independent agency of the Commission on Cancer's stature, as well as the numerous other accreditations that we have received, proves that we have succeeded,” says Jay S. Cooper, MD, Director of the Center and Chair of Department of Radiation Oncology.

A facility receives a three-year accreditation with commendation after an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor who finds that the facility demonstrates a high level of compliance.  According to the Commission on Cancer, “Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care, and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.”  Accredited facilities must undergo an on-site review every three years.

Patients receiving care at CoC-accredited cancer programs, such as the Maimonides Cancer Center, are assured of having access to comprehensive care, state-of-the-art services and equipment, a multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate best treatment options, information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options, and quality care close to home.

An estimated 11,000 people in Brooklyn are diagnosed every year with some form of cancer.  The Maimonides Cancer Center, first opened in May 2005, is a state-of-the-art facility offering a full range of cancer services, all conveniently located to maximize patients' time and minimize the disruption of their lives.  The Center is designed to treat each patient as a whole person and integrate healing of body, mind and spirit.  The medical team emphasizes a multi-modality approach to care, which means multiple methods of treatment are available to patients -- sometimes simultaneously.  Each patient's needs, disease and treatment are considered by a team that includes physicians from radiology, surgery, pathology, radiation oncology, and medical oncology.  The Cancer Center offers a patient-centered environment, with a variety of support services to help manage the stresses that go beyond diagnosis and treatment. 

Now celebrating its Centennial, Maimonides Medical Center is among the largest independent teaching hospitals in the nation – training over 450 interns, residents and fellows annually.  Widely recognized for its major achievements in advancing medical and information technology, Maimonides has 705 beds and over 70 subspecialty programs.  For more information on the state-of-the-art clinical services at Maimonides Medical Center, please visit our homepage.
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