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Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Receives Highest Level of Approval

Feb. 22, 2007, 2:39 PM

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has received a three-year accreditation with commendation, the highest level of approval, from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).

Accreditation is awarded through an extensive evaluation and on-site review of compliance with rigorous quality-of-care standards. Programs are reviewed every three years.

Fewer than 25 percent of hospitals in the United States and Puerto Rico receive ACoS Commission on Cancer approval, and even fewer attain the level of accreditation with commendation.

The Commission on Cancer, established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients. Its membership includes the Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 40 national organizations.

About the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center:

The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is dedicated to a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to cancer care, research, prevention, and patient and community education. With nearly 300 investigators, Vanderbilt-Ingram is ranked among the top 10 centers in total research funding from the National Cancer Institute and generates more than $150 million each year in research support from public and private sources. Vanderbilt-Ingram is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Tennessee and one of only 39 to achieve this distinction nationwide. The center is consistently recognized among the best places for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit us online at www.vicc.org.

Media Contact: Heather Newman, (615) 936-7245
heather.newman@vanderbilt.edu

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