U. S. News & World Report recongnized the Maine Medical Center's cancer program in the "High-Preforming" category in the 2012- 2013 report, placing it among the top 25% of cancer centers in the country.
Maine Medical Center was granted a three-year accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) in 2010. MMC is the only teaching hospital in Maine to be awarded this highest level of CoC approval.
The medical center has also been awarded the CoC's Outstanding Achievement Award for surveys conducted in both 2007 and 2010. Only 17 percent of facilities surveyed in 2010 received this award.
In addition, Lisa Rutstein, MD has been honored with the 2009 State Chair Outstanding Achievement Award. This is an award that is given to those who have truly made a difference in their tenure as CoC State Chair.
The Breast Care Center at Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute was awarded a full, three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), administered by the American College of Surgeons, in 2010 and in 2013. MMC is the first hospital in the state, and one of only a few in New England, to receive the prestigious accreditation.
Earning the NAPBC accreditation means an organization excels in patient care, and has met or exceeded standards in six areas: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. Centers must be compliant with 27 standards within these six areas. The Breast Care Center at Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute was 100 percent compliant.
The Radiation Oncology Program at the Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute is the only comprehensive facility in the state to receive accreditation in Radiation Oncology from the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Maine Medical Center's Cancer Institute (MMCCI) in Scarborough was selected as one of five model cancer programs in the U.S. by the Association of Community CancerCenters in 2009. MMCCI was chosen as a model for its multidisciplinary approach to prostate cancer care, open communication, and patient access to state-of-the-art treatment within the community.
Maine Medical Center was one of 30 hospital-based community cancer centers, and the only one in Maine, to partcipate in the prestigious National Cancer Institiute Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) network during 2010-2012. Chosen centers offer expanded research opportunities, leading edge multidisciplinary care and serve medically underserved populations, including rural communities. The two year, $3.5 million dollar contract has had a significant and sustainable impact on our hospital and the patients we serve. We are grateful to have been awarded the prestigious contract and would like to share some of our accomplishments:
Our cancer program's clinical trial accrual rate increased from 9% to 16%, rivaling rates set by major academic medical centers.
Support of the institution's tissue bank resulted in an increased number of consentiong patients and an improvement i the quality of samples. This contributed to advances in research.
Teh contract facilitated new partnerships between lab and clinical researchers at Maine Medical Center, The Jackson Laboratory, and other academic centers.
We developed many new public- private partnerships around cancer care in Maine, resulting in improved awareness, access and care.
NCCCP allowed us to better serve the needs of midcally nderserved cancer patients, including immigrants/refugees, as well as those facing gwographic ans socioeconomic barriers to care.
Clinicians were made more aware of the improtance in integrating all aspects of qulaity cancer care in toa cohesive care plan, from cancer prevention to end of life care and support of the growing community of cancer survivors.
Overall, serving as an NCCCP site has changed the landscape of cancer care at our institution, providing both financial resources and a superb national network of experts and peers with whom to brainstorm ans share "best pracitices". We look forward to using the lessons learned and sustainable tools from this contract to continue to guide the evolution of our cancer program.
The MMCCI Breast Care Center and Michael Jones, MD have been honored by the Maine Cancer Foundation, receiving two of the five awards distributed annually at the Cure Breast Cancer for ME Luncheon in October. Dr. Jones received the award for Medical Care and Research, while the Breast Care Center received the award for Outreach and Education.
MMCCI Breast Care Center receives an award for Outreach and Education
Michael Jones, MD, Chief of Pathology, receives an award for Medical Care and Research
Samuel Broaddus, MD, a member of Maine Medical Partners Urology, has been awarded the Surgical Volunteerism Award for international outreach by the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Broaddus was recognized for his "commitment and significant contributions toward improving surgical care in Haiti."
Dr. Lisa Rutstein was awarded the 2008 Medical Care and Research Award from the Maine Cancer Foundation. She has been recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty to make a positive contribution to and difference in the treatment of breast cancer. She is a leader in the field, an exceptional caregiver to patients, and a wonderful teacher whose impact on breast health is truly inspiring. This award confirms the spirit and mission embodied by Dr. Rutstein in her work at the Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute. Video provided courtesy of WPXT CW. (3:32)
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Donna Green , Clinical Manager of Outpatient Oncology for MMC's Cancer Institute receives the 2011 Maine Breast Health Leadership Award In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Maine Breast Health Leadership Awards were presented at the 14th annual Silver Tea hosted by First Lady Ann LePage at the Blaine House in Augusta on Wednesday, September 28, 2011. Donna Green, Clinical Manager of Outpatient Oncology for Maine Medical Center's Cancer Institute was this year's recipient in the Professional category The Maine Leadership Award for Breast Health, created in 1998, is a collaborative effort of the American Cancer Society, the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program, the Maine Cancer Foundation, the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, Maine Breast Nurse Network, and the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Leadership Awards are presented annually during the month of October to recognize Maine residents who have made exceptional contributions to promoting breast health, improving understanding of breast cancer, and/or working toward the elimination of the disease at the national, state, or local level.