Miami Beach, FL, (February 10, 2009) - Mount Sinai Medical Center recently received the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons Outstanding Achievement Award for the second consecutive time demonstrating Mount Sinai's outstanding leadership in cancer care.

Mount Sinai is the only teaching hospital in Florida to receive this award, designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients, back-to-back. Additionally, the medical center was one of only 39 hospitals nationally to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award.

The award was presented following a rigorous, on-site survey to evaluate all components of the hospital's cancer program including clinical services, research, community outreach, quality improvement, cancer data management, and cancer committee leadership. Under the direction of Cancer Committee Chairman Rogerio Lilenbaum, M.D. and administrator Ana Ruiz, Mount Sinai successfully completed the survey and received a Three-Year Approval with Commendation, a marked distinction as only one-quarter of all hospitals in the United States are CoC-approved. "We're especially proud to have received this approval with commendation and the award because it recognizes the quality of comprehensive cancer care at Mount Sinai Medical Center," said Steven D. Sonenreich, president and chief executive officer. "More specifically, it ensures that our patients will have access to the latest clinical trials, a multidisciplinary team of physicians and cancer-related education and support."

The Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center, established in 1989, specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer and is dedicated to providing compassionate, quality care for our patients. The state-of-the-art Jack Taylor Cancer Research Pavilion offers a sophisticated array of outpatient services, including diagnostic imaging, medical and surgical oncology. Patients may receive chemotherapy, prolonged intravenous infusion and blood transfusions without an overnight stay. There are also numerous support services for patients and families including: nutritional guidance, pain control, psychosocial services and home care.

In addition, Mount Sinai is the only Florida hospital to administer an adult Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP), an advanced research program funded by the National Cancer Institute. This allows the medical center to offer the community access to advanced treatment through cutting-edge cancer research and groundbreaking clinical trials.

Established in 1922 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 standard-setting, prevention, research, education and monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and representatives of 40 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

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