State of Florida names Cancer Centers of Excellence

March 1, 2015

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UF Health Cancer Center designation includes UF Health Proton Therapy Institute

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong have recognized the University of Florida Health Cancer Center, which includes the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute, as a state-designated Cancer Center of Excellence.

The designation by the Florida Department of Health recognizes hospitals and treatment centers that demonstrate excellence in patient-centered coordinated care for people undergoing cancer treatment. The Florida Legislature established the designation through statute to encourage excellence in cancer care, attract and retain the best cancer care providers in the state and help Florida be recognized nationally as a preferred destination for quality cancer care, according to the Department of Health website.

The Department of Health based the designation on a “systems approach” to improving the quality of cancer care, focused on three areas: the health care organization, the health care team members and patients and family members.

“It is an honor to be part of the UF Health Cancer Center and to share in the Florida Cancer Center of Excellence Award,” said UF Health Proton Therapy Institute Executive Director Stuart Klein. “This designation is a testament to our medical team’s dedication to provide patients with the highest quality, compassionate care.”

The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, opened August 14, 2006 in Jacksonville, Fla., is a cancer treatment facility that uses the most advanced technology available to treat and cure cancer. Proton therapy delivers a precise radiation treatment while destroying cancer cells and minimizing damage to healthy tissue. That reduces side effects and lessens the risk of developing complications from treatment in later life. It is especially beneficial for treating cancer in children and adults with cancers in sensitive areas like the head, neck, lung, breast brain and prostate.

Nearly 6,000 patients from 49 states and 29 countries have received proton therapy at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. In exit surveys, 98 percent of patients say they would recommend the facility to a family member or friend who needed radiation treatment.

UF Proton Therapy Institute is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization affiliated with the UF College of Medicine and the UF Health Cancer Center, dedicated to delivering state-of-the-art cancer treatment and setting new standards for treating and curing cancer. The cancer treatment facility houses both conventional radiation and proton therapy, and delivers proton therapy to 110 patients a day. For more information about the UF Proton Therapy Institute, please visit www.floridaproton.org, or call toll-free 877-686-6009.

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