Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Recognized as a Cancer Center of Excellence

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has been recognized as a Cancer Center of Excellence by the state of Florida – one of just four cancer centers in the state, and the only one in South Florida, to have earned this first-ever distinction.

In announcing the awards, Governor Rick Scott said, “These designations recognize our commitment to providing the best cancer care possible for Florida’s families and positions our state to become one of the foremost leaders in cancer care in the world.”

The Cancer Center of Excellence Award Program is meant to encourage excellence in cancer care in Florida, attract and retain the best cancer care professionals to the state, and help Florida organizations be recognized nationally as a preferred destination for quality cancer care. The designation is based on measured success in delivering quality cancer care to patients and family members.

Miller School of Medicine Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., said, “We are honored that the State of Florida is recognizing the years of hard work that have gone into making Sylvester one of the world’s foremost cancer centers. The visionary leadership of Sylvester Director Stephen D. Nimer has retained and attracted many of the field’s finest clinicians and researchers, as well as the funding and donations needed to support discovery and development of some of the most groundbreaking treatments and therapies available anywhere.”

“This designation is a milestone in our history,” said Nimer. “In addition to putting patient care above all else, we continue to draw the brightest research minds in the field to Sylvester so that we can fulfill our mission of discovering and developing more targeted treatments for patients across our region. Being named a Cancer Center of Excellence by the state lets everyone know that Sylvester is a destination for precision cancer care backed by innovative research.”

Sylvester, part of UHealth – University of Miami Health System, treats more than 5,000 new cancer patients each year and its survival rates for many cancers are much higher than national averages.

The Florida Department of Health facilitates the process of applying for designation. Each application is assessed by a team of five independent evaluators who determine eligibility for the award through written review and site visits. Evaluators report to the State Surgeon General on applicants that meet the rigorous performance measures and excel in providing quality, comprehensive and patient-centered coordinated care.

State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health John Armstrong, M.D., said, “These designations show Florida’s commitment to being the preferred global destination for excellence in the care of cancer patients.”

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