Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute (DCI) received a 2014 AACC Innovator Award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers

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Anne Arundel Medical Center’s (AAMC) Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute (DCI) received a 2014 AACC Innovator Award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers. Only six cancer program nationwide received this honor.  AAMC’s DCI was selected for its innovative symptom management clinic.

The clinic was inspired by participation with the ONS Foundation/Joint Commission in a pilot of the Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Survivorship Quality Measures project started in 2010. The three-year pilot project focused on three prospective oncology nursing interventions: examining quality measures for fatigue, distress, and sleep-wake disturbance.

Using the lessons learned from this pilot, the AAMC’s DCI developed an advanced, nurse practitioner-led, symptom management clinic that provides rapid access and coordination of care with the oncologists and infusion team. The clinic is embedded within the medical oncology practice.

Results:

·         fewer oncology patient readmissions,

·          fewer emergency room visits and

·         increased patient satisfaction.

Future enhancements include use of AAMC’s electronic medical records to not only track outcomes, but to provide patients with a portal to document their symptoms, and ask questions of the oncology team. This will further support an enhanced communications tool that patients and providers can use throughout the complex, multidisciplinary, continuum of care.

This is the second time that the DeCesaris Cancer Institute has received an Innovator Award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers. The first time was in 2012 when was selected for its Rapid Access Chest and Lung Assessment Program, an innovative coordinated, multidisciplinary approach for patients with abnormal chest findings, which leads to expedited referrals and better management.

Follow this link to a video featuring a patient and nurses talking about  DCI’s symptom management clinic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hto174agWA&feature=youtu.be

About the Association of Community Cancer Centers The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) serves as the leading advocacy and education organization for the multidisciplinary cancer care team. Approximately 20,000 cancer care professionals from 1,900 hospitals and practices nationwide are affiliated with ACCC. Providing a national forum for addressing issues that affect community cancer programs, ACCC is recognized as the premier provider of resources for the entire oncology care team. Our members include medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, cancer program administrators and medical directors, senior hospital executives, practice managers, pharmacists, oncology nurses, radiation therapists, social workers, and cancer program data managers. For more information, visit ACCC’s website at www.accc-cancer.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and read our blog, ACCCBuzz. – See more at: http://www.accc-cancer.org/mediaroom/press_releases/2014/ACCC-Announces-2014-Innovator-Award-Recipients-6.23.14.asp#sthash.duK5FNGX.WNVzJIK6.dpuf

 About Anne Arundel Medical Center

Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), a regional health system headquartered in Annapolis, Md., serves an area of more than one million people. Founded in 1902, AAMC includes a 384-bed not-for-profit hospital, a medical group, imaging services, a substance use treatment center, and health enterprises. In addition to a 57-acre Annapolis campus, AAMC has outpatient pavilions in Bowie, Kent Island, Odenton, Pasadena, and Waugh Chapel. AAMC is nationally recognized for its joint replacement center, emergency heart attack response and cancer care.  A leader in women’s services, AAMC delivers the state’s second highest number of births annually and has a Level 3 NICU. With more than 1,000 medical staff members, 3,900 employees and 750 volunteers, AAMC consistently receives awards for quality, patient satisfaction and innovation. To learn more, visit askAAMC.org.

 

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