Institute receives outstanding achievement award
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American
College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement
Award to East Texas Medical Center Cancer Institute along
with a small select group of accredited cancer programs that
were surveyed in 2011.
“We are very pleased to have received this recognition for
providing the highest level of quality cancer care,” ETMC
Cancer Institute vice president Todd Sigmon said.
“The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a high
level of compliance with established standards in areas such
as leadership, cancer data and clinical management,
research, community outreach, and quality improvement,” he
Only around 20 percent of the cancer programs surveyed in
2011 received this award.
Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities
that have committed to providing the highest levels of
quality cancer care.
“This means we undergo a rigorous evaluation process and
review of our performance every three years,” Sigmon said.
“Nationwide only 30 percent of all hospitals are CoC
accredited cancer programs. For the physicians, providers,
and administrators at ETMC to make the commitment to offer
this level of care is a great resource for cancer patients
wishing to stay in East Texas from diagnosis through
In 1990, ETMC’s Cancer Institute became the first oncology
program in East Texas to be certified by the CoC, placing it
among the elite hospitals in the nation with approved cancer
In 2011, ETMC was granted another three-year accreditation
with commendation to the cancer program.
Receiving care at a commission-approved cancer program
ensures that a patient will have access to:
• comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art
services and equipment.
• a multispectral team approach to coordinate the best
• information about ongoing clinical trials and new
• access to cancer-related information, education and
• ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.
• quality care close to home.
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Rotary issues $12,145 in grants to area
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake members
discussed finances at the business meeting April 27 at
The April 20 Golf Tournament at Kings Creek Country Club
raised more than $8,000 with 22 teams competing for big
prizes. None of the players scored a hole-in-one.
Overall, this year’s operating expenses have totaled $28,400
which is $1,600 below last year’s expenses.
Members heard the proposed grant requests and unanimously
approved all 13, totaling $12,145.
Recipients, the amounts received and reason for the grants
are as follows:
• Community Food Pantry, $1,000, a new freezer.
• Eustace ISD, $1,600, four iPads.
• Family Resource Center, $1,200, fans for the elderly.
• First UMC Mabank, $1,000, Youth Work Camp.
• Henderson County Children’s Advocacy, $500, waiting room
• Henderson County HELP, $500, upgrading call center
• Kemp Housing Authority, $600, four picnic tables.
• Library at Cedar Creek Lake, $2,000, subscription to the
Learning Express Library, an innovative, web-based learning
solution that provides patrons of all ages, with a
comprehensive collection of test preparation tools,
skill-building materials, and career resources.
• Mabank Intermediate, $1,600, outdoor classroom.
• Rotary Interact, $200, direct youth exchange.
• Tri-County Library, $1,845, audio books.
• Senior Citizens at the Ballpark, $200, landscaping.
In other news, Rotarians:
• discussed a membership drive at Vetoni’s in the upcoming
months to encourage others to join Rotary and their causes.
• heard the Mabank High School Panther Edition Choir will
perform at the May 11 meeting at Vetoni’s.
• voted for Rotarian of the Year.
• heard several Rotarian members interviewed 40 students
from Kemp, Eustace and Mabank ISDs for scholarship
donations. That list was narrowed down to 12.
• heard a book give-away will take place at two Mabank
Schools May 18.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
is located on
10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call
(903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday.
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