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Ten Oncology Practices in Underserved Communities Receive Funding to Participate in Quality Improvement Programs


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Ten oncology practices from rural and urban centers in the United States that primarily treat underserved populations have received grant funding to participate in ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) and Quality Training Program. The grants are supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

The 3-year grants, titled “Improving the Delivery of Cancer Care in Medically Underserved Communities,” will be administered through Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation and will fund each practice’s training and participation.

“We are grateful to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for allowing us to support more practices in their quality improvement processes,” said ASCO President Howard A. “Skip” Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO. “With the resources to evaluate the care they provide and to develop process improvement strategies and techniques, these practices can optimize the quality of care they offer to patients with cancer in their communities.”

The recipients of the Improving the Delivery of Cancer Care in Medically Underserved Communities grant are as follows:

  • Adena Cancer Center: Chillicothe, Ohio
  • Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute: Hartford, Connecticut
  • Medical College of Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital: Flushing, New York
  • Parkland Health and Hospital System: Dallas, Texas
  • Sidney Health Center Cancer Care: Sidney, Montana
  • Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center: Rock Springs, Wyoming
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center: El Paso, Texas
  • West Cancer Center and Research Institute: Memphis, Tennessee
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital: San Francisco, California.

“Every American should have access to high-quality cancer care and giving professionals at the frontlines of cancer care access to tools that ensure the best treatment possible is an essential step in this direction. [The] Stavros Niarchos Foundation is proud to support ASCO in this effort,” said Stavros Niarchos Foundation Senior Program Officer Roula Siklas

© 2020. American Society of Clinical Oncology. All rights reserved.


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