Regional West Cancer services honored again

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb., – Regional West Cancer Services has been notified that it is one of 10 cancer programs nationwide to earn its fourth consecutive Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

The award recognizes cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.

Regional West received the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2004, 2007, and 2010 and was among 74 cancer programs nationwide to receive the award in 2013―which represents about 14 percent of programs surveyed by the Commission on Cancer last year.

"This is a testament to the commitment and cooperation among our caregivers, clinicians, and providers to offer the highest quality and most compassionate care for our cancer patients," said internal medicine physician Vince Bjorling, MD, chairman of the Regional West Cancer Committee.

The Outstanding Achievement Award demonstrates that Regional West meets the highest national standards for state-of-the-art cancer prevention, early diagnosis, pretreatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support services, and end-of-life care.

"We offer the very latest in screening, diagnosis, treatment, and support services all on one campus, which is a tremendous benefit for our patients," said radiation oncologist Mark Hartman, MD. "All of the experts connected with a patient's care are right here, so we can easily collaborate to develop the best treatment plan for each individual."

In addition to exceeding standards for program activity, Regional West Cancer Services received compliance ratings on an additional 27 program standards.

"I couldn't be more proud of our staff and physicians for the care they provide to every cancer patient," said Todd S. Sorensen, MD, MS, president and CEO of Regional West Health Services.

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