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Cancer Center recognized at American Cancer Society’s 2016 Rhode Island Research Breakfast

The Cancer Center at Roger Williams Medical Center was recognized at the American Cancer Society's 3rd annual Rhode Island Research Breakfast for receiving the Commission on Cancer's "Outstanding Achievement Award".

The event, which took place on October 14, is hosted by the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network and brings together leaders, medical professionals and cancer survivors from across the state to address the need for increased funding of cancer research. Dr. N. Joseph Espat, Chairman of Surgery and Director of the Cancer Center at Roger Williams, accepted the Certificate of Excellence from the American Cancer Society on behalf of his colleagues.

"Our recognition today -- and from the Commission on Cancer last year -- is reflective of the team effort that goes into the care of every single patient who comes to our Cancer Center," said Dr. Espat. "Exemplary cancer care is delivered when you have a highly experienced and motivated team of surgical, medical and radiation oncologists, along with oncology nurses, laboratory professionals, and support staff. The best care is delivered in a collaborative manner and we strive to do that every day. "

The goal of the Rhode Island Research Breakfast is to create an event for innovators, leaders in business, academia, public policy, and patient advocacy to capture the latest and best thinking about the impact of local cancer research.

"It is important for all of us as individuals, companies, and health care institutions to urge policymakers and leaders from across the life sciences and health system ecosystem to do everything we can to save more lives from cancer," said Bernard Jackvony, former Lt. Governor and chair of the ACS CAN Research Breakfast. "It is my honor to recognize Roger Williams for receiving the Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award, which recognizes programs that strive for excellence in delivering high quality cancer care."

Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee served as this year's honorary event chair. Along with Roger Williams, others recognized at the breakfast included researcher Dr. Adam Olszewski, Dr. James Padbury from Brown University, and volunteer and caregiver Ramone Johnson.

Roger Williams Cancer Center was one of just 24 accredited cancer programs in the country to receive the June-December 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The award acknowledges programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. Roger Williams was the only cancer center in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine to receive the recognition during this time period.

"The American Cancer Society is expert in identifying superlative cancer care, which is one of the reasons we are honored to receive this recognition," said John Holiver, CEO of CharterCARE Health Partners, the health system which includes Roger Williams. "The goal of our Cancer Center is to exceed national standards and we do that with Rhode Island's most comprehensive continuum of cancer care."

The Commission on Cancer, a program of the American College of Surgeons, recognizes cancer care programs for their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality, and multidisciplinary patient centered care. The CoC is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.