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Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Fla. has been recognized as one of four Cancer Centers of Excellence to be designated by the State of Florida. The announcement was made Monday by state Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong.
The Cancer Center of Excellence designation recognizes Mayo Clinic and three other cancer centers for demonstrating a commitment to excellence by providing patient-centered coordinated care for those undergoing cancer treatment and therapy in Florida. The goal of the program is to encourage excellence in cancer care in Florida, attract and retain the best cancer care professionals to the state, and help Florida organizations to be recognized nationally as a preferred destination for quality cancer care.
In addition to being recognized as a newly designated Cancer Center of Excellence, Mayo Clinic is also one of only two National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer centers in Florida.
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“We are extremely proud to be recognized as a Cancer Center of Excellence in the State of Florida,” said Robert Smallridge, M.D., deputy director of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Florida. “Mayo Clinic’s cancer program has world-class clinical experts who collaborate and innovate to ensure every cancer patient gets exactly the care he or she needs. We also lead the way in translational cancer research, creating more effective methods to prevent, detect and treat cancer for our patients. Receiving this honor is further recognition of the leading-edge work we do in our cancer center on a daily basis.”
The Florida Legislature established the Cancer Center of Excellence Award in 2013.The three other recognized Cancer Centers of Excellence include the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute; University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center; and the University of Florida Health Cancer Center.
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