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2010 Press Releases
Commission on Cancer Again Honors Morton Plant Mease Surgeon
Dr. Peter Blumencranz Receives Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award

CLEARWATER, Fla., (March 16, 2010) – For his outstanding commitment to excellence as a Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP), Peter W. Blumencranz, M.D., surgical oncologist and medical director of the Morton Plant Mease Comprehensive Breast Program has been awarded the 2009 Outstanding Performance Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).

As a Cancer Liaison Physician, Dr. Blumencranz is responsible for spearheading CoC initiatives within the hospital’s cancer program; collaborating with local agencies, such as the American Cancer Society; and facilitating quality improvement initiatives utilizing data submitted to the CoC’s National Cancer Database (NCDB). The NCDB currently contains patient demographics, tumor characteristics, treatment and outcomes information for over 25 million malignant cancers diagnosed and treated at hospital cancer programs in the United States.

Dr. Blumencranz is one of only 36 physicians to receive this recognition. The recipients of this award were honored at the Cancer Liaison Program breakfast, held during the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in October 2009.

Established in 1963, the Cancer Liaison Program of the Commission on Cancer was developed as a grassroots network of physician volunteers who manage clinically related cancer activities in local institutions and surrounding communities. The Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award recognizes physicians who go beyond their regular scope of duties to improve and provide direction to cancer care programs by developing and/or implementing an idea(s) that improved the quality of care delivered; directly contributing to the accreditation status of the cancer program; exceeding the expectations set forth for CLPs to strengthen the cancer program; demonstrating leadership and support for cancer control activities in the community and with the American Cancer Society; or serving as a role model for other staff and exhibiting characteristics that truly make him/her a physician champion for the cancer program.

Award winners are chosen by the Committee on Cancer Liaison following an extensive review of nominations from a variety of sources including cancer leadership at a state level, American Cancer Society staff, CoC surveyors and other local and regional cancer leaders and team members.

About the Commission on Cancer
Established by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) in 1922, the multidisciplinary CoC establishes standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care delivery in health care settings; conducts surveys in health care settings to assess compliance with those standards; collects standardized data from CoC-approved health care settings to measure cancer care quality; uses data to monitor treatment patterns and outcomes and enhance cancer control and clinical surveillance activities, and develops effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery, and outcomes in health care settings.

About Morton Plant Mease Health Care
Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is the largest community-based health system in the region, providing expert medical care for a patient’s lifetime. Composed of hospitals and numerous affiliated services, the system connects patients to a complete range of services throughout the Tampa Bay area. Together, BayCare organizations seek to advance the health of their patients and their communities.

Member hospitals are Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Women’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital North and South Florida Baptist. On the web:

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