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Shaw Center honored for excellence

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EDWARDS — Shaw Regional Cancer Center recently received another certification award to add to its growing list of accomplishments and accreditations. The cancer center, located in Edwards, was recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative for its commitment to excellence and ongoing quality improvement.

“We believe the families in our community and region deserve the best cancer care possible,” said Doris Kirchner, president and CEO of Vail Valley Medical Center, of which Shaw and the Sonnenalp Breast Center are outpatient departments. “Recognition from our peers and experts in healthcare further validates we are accomplishing our mission to provide outstanding services to all whom we serve.”

Comprised of academic oncologists and quality experts, the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative incorporates measures and standards based on clinical guidelines and published standards for quality oncology care. Shaw has a 97 percent five-year survival rate for Stage I breast cancer patients, nearly 5 percent greater than the national average, and a 96 percent five-year prostate cancer survival rate, 8 percent above the national average.


Shaw was also recently awarded the esteemed three-year Commission on Cancer accreditation with commendation, the highest level that can be achieved by the survey. Established by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standards-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

These recent recognitions are becoming the norm for Shaw Regional Cancer Center. The Sonnenalp Breast Center has been awarded the American College of Radiology’s Breast Imaging Excellence Award, the highest accreditation achievable by breast imaging centers. The radiology group has also accredited the breast center in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and breast ultrasound biopsy.

Other notable accomplishments include a $1.35 million grant from the American Society of Clinical Oncology Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Dr. Patricia Hardenbergh, the director of radiation oncology at Shaw, was awarded the grant to improve cancer treatment for those living in rural areas.

In the fall, Shaw also announced the renewal of a 10-year partnership with University of Colorado, offering high country patients access to clinical trials and the expertise of big city specialists.

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