John B. Amos Cancer Center wins National Innovator Award for patient navigation program


 The John B. Amos Cancer Center has received a national award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) for its patient navigator program. The 2011 ACCC Innovator Awards honor member programs that have exhibited forward-thinking strategic planning and management and/or developed pioneering programs, tools and replicable models that they are willing to share with the oncology community.

The John B. Amos Cancer Center shares this award with the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s/Candler in Savannah and the Harbin Clinic in Rome, Ga. The three facilities are clinical alliance partners in the National Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) which establishes coalitions, assesses the burden of cancer, determines priorities, and develops and implements cancer plans.   

The award was given for the group’s “Navigating for Improved Outcomes” program which measured the impact of patient navigation in tracking the time between breast cancer treatment services after a malignancy was identified. At the John B. Amos Cancer Center, Lori Moser, R.N., MSN, OCN, is the nurse navigator. William Chiles, the manager of Integrative Medicine, is the coordinator of the NCCCP program at the Cancer Center.

“The patient navigator program is improving access to care and providing one-on-one patient education and support,” said Kevin Sass, CEO of Doctors Hospital and senior administrator of the John B. Amos Cancer Center for the Columbus Regional Healthcare System. “We are pleased with the award and, most importantly, that this program will ultimately improve the outcome of breast cancer survival rates in Georgia.”

Twelve Innovator Awards will be presented during ACCC's 28th National Oncology Conference in Seattle, Wash. in October.



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