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Cancer Treatment Program Receives Top Marks

New Britain [July 08 2005] - The cancer treatment program at New Britain General Hospital recently received accreditation with the highest possible ratings from a national cancer organization.

The George Bray Cancer Center at New Britain General received the highest rating possible — a three-year approval with commendation — from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons, a consortium of professional organization dedicated to improving cancer care through education, standard-setting, and quality monitoring.

“We are pleased that the commission recognized the excellence of our program by granting a three-year approval with commendation,” said Dr. Stephen Grund, director of the Hospital’s cancer committee and medical director of the Hospital’s George Bray Cancer Center. “This is a direct reflection of the quality of our staff in providing the best possible patient care.”

Among the areas cited for excellence at New Britain General’s cancer treatment facilities were prevention and early detection programs, cancer treatment staff education, and enhancements that directly affect patient care.

“We are particularly proud of our physicians, surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, nurses, and staff in our in-patient and out-patient facilities.” said Dr. Grund. “In addition, I want to thank Dr. Peter Byeff for his efforts and past leadership in helping us accomplish this goal.”

“Some of the things that make us shine,” continued Dr. Grund, “are the Wolfson Palliative Care program and our Auxiliary Cancer Resource Library — you don’t normally see resources like this in a community hospital, but we feel these programs are crucial to providing state-of-the-art cancer care.”

Cancer programs are rated in eight categories: institutional resources; cancer committee leadership; cancer registry and data management; clinical management; research; community outreach; professional education and staff support; and quality improvement.

The Cancer Center at New Britain General has a comprehensive program that includes outpatient infusion services, in-hospital cancer care, radiation oncology, gynecologic oncology, medical oncology, and clinical research. In addition, the Cancer Center has state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities, a cancer resource library, pastoral services, social work, and financial programs. Each area operates seamlessly to provide expert specialized care, interfacing as needed to create a strong continuum of support for patients.

The most recent addition to the program is the American Savings Foundation Radiation Oncology Treatment Center, opened in January 2005. The center houses the most sophisticated radiation oncology equipment, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), “MammoSite” therapy for breast cancer, and radioactive seed implantation for prostate cancer.

Approval by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous performance evaluation. To maintain this approval, cancer treatment facilities must undergo an on-site review every three years. This year, due to the extraordinary coordinated efforts of the Hospital’s tumor registrar, Nancy Santos, New Britain General was able to exceed the application requirements for on-site review to attain the Commission’s commendation.

For more information about cancer treatment programs at New Britain General, call 1-800-731-0096 or visit

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