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Northside Hospital Honored with Continued Recognition as an NCI Community Cancer Center

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Northside Hospital has been selected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to continue its participation in the organization’s national network of community cancer centers.  A member of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) since 2010, Northside is one of only 21 sites nationwide and the only hospital in Metro Atlanta to have this honor.

When Northside was originally chosen by NCI as a Community Cancer Center in 2010, the hospital entered into a new era in cancer care in Atlanta.  Over the last two years, Northside has taken great strides to utilize the opportunities that come with being a part of the NCCCP and to expand its regional position as one of the largest and most respected providers of comprehensive cancer services.

“We have seen tremendous growth of our Cancer Institute; we have impacted the lives of hundreds of patients by extending access to care to those patients most in need,” said Guilherme Cantuaria, M.D., medical director of the NCCCP at Northside Hospital.  “Our strong focus on quality has strengthened us as leaders in the field of cancer treatment.”

The NCCCP is a collaborative network of community hospitals working to:  expand cancer research, enhance access to cancer care, and improve the quality of care for cancer patients served by community hospitals in urban, suburban and rural areas, with an emphasis on underserved populations.   The majority of U.S. cancer patients are diagnosed with and treated for the disease in their local communities, where they can remain closer to home rather than commute to major academic medical centers.  The NCCCP network has served approximately 53,000 new cancer cases each year.

Since joining the NCCCP in 2010, Northside has opened new radiation oncology centers in Alpharetta, Cherokee and Forsyth and expanded its Hereditary Cancer Program to Northside Hospital-Forsyth

Through the NCCCP, Northside has expanded its portfolio of clinical trials available to cancer patients through the Gynecologic Oncology Group and Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, as well as the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network.  This has given the hospital’s physicians and patients the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research in cancer, as well as access to the newest treatment options in cancer care at the earliest phase of their development.

As part of the NCCCP, Northside has added six new nurse navigators, in an effort to accelerate and improve care to patients including those experiencing health care disparities.  Navigators also help to increase integration of the hospital’s many cancer support services – i.e. genetic counseling, support groups, financial counseling, clinical research, pastoral care, etc.

The hospital’s Network of Hope survivors’ program was expanded to survivors of prostate and other cancers.  Northside also created a dedicated inpatient oncology palliative care team, to provide comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms and stress of serious illness.

“We are proud of the partnerships we established across the nation, as part of this most distinguished network of hospitals,” said Dr. Cantuaria.  “This would not have been possible without the dedication and passion of our team here at Northside Hospital.”

A leader in providing cancer care, more cases of breast cancer are diagnosed and treated at Northside than at any other community hospital in the Southeast.  More cases of GYN cancer and prostate cancer are diagnosed and treated at Northside than at any other community hospital in Georgia and the hospital has the best survival rates in the country for allogeneic bone marrow transplants.

“Northside’s involvement with the NCCCP, along with recent honors from other nationally recognized organizations, is a true testament to the reputation and strengths of our program in the Southeast, and in the United States,” said Bob Quattrocchi, president and CEO of Northside Hospital.  “We are committed to providing the highest quality cancer care to our patients.”

For more information about Northside Hospital’s Cancer Institute, visit http://www.northside.com.  For more information about the NCCCP, visit http://www.ncccp.cancer.gov.

The Northside Hospital health care delivery system, a not-for-profit health care provider, has served north Metro Atlanta for more than 40 years.  With more than 2,200 physicians and 8,200 employees, the hospital sees nearly 700,000 patient visits a year.  Staff provide a full range of health care services, including women’s health, cancer care, emergency care, surgery, specialty medicine and a wide array of outpatient services at many locations.  Northside Hospital offers high-quality health care at Northside Hospital-Atlanta in Sandy Springs, Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton and Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Cumming.

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