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Parkview cancer center earns achievement award

Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center has received the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons.

The Fort Wayne center was one of 79 recipients nationally and five in Indiana to earn the designation. It was the only one in northeast Indiana.

Cancer programs were reviewed on 29 standards in four basic categories: leadership, data management, clinical services and quality improvement.

Dr. Daniel McKellar, chairman of the Commission on Cancer for the American College of Surgeons, said patients increasingly want to know how health care providers compare with one another.

“They want access to information in terms of who’s providing the best quality of care, and they want to know about overall patient outcomes,” he said in a statement.

Rae Gonterman, senior vice president of Parkview’s cancer center, said the award recognizes a team effort.

“We work to ensure all patients have the right plan, resources and access to those resources as they receive their treatment,” she said in a statement.