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Oncology Program at Texas Health Dallas Receives 'Outstanding Achievement Award'
Date:6/11/2009

DALLAS, June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons, one of the highest honors for cancer programs in the United States.

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"This recognizes the hard work of all the people in our program, from administrators to nurses and physicians," said Dr. Pat Fulgham, surgical director of oncology at Texas Health Dallas. "Receiving this designation validates Texas Health Dallas' commitment to clinical excellence and compassionate, patient-centered care."

The Outstanding Achievement Award is the highest accreditation given by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Only eight hospitals in Texas have received the designation.

"It's flattering for our program to receive an honor like this, but the award itself isn't what's important," said Dr. Jivesh Sharma, an oncologist at Texas Health Dallas. "What's significant is that it means we're providing quality care, using evidence-based medicine with a multidisciplinary approach to treating each patient individually."

Texas Health Dallas recently received commendations in all nine categories for a community hospital to be designated an approved cancer center by the Commission on Cancer.

To qualify as an approved cancer center, a hospital must treat a high number of cancer patients each year, provide a full range of diagnostic and treatment services, and participate in clinical research. The hospital must also provide a cancer registry that follows patients from diagnosis through treatment and offers lifelong follow-up. Texas Health Dallas exceeded the criteria in all cat
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