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April 16, 2012
SOMERVILLE, NJ, April 16, 2012 -- The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center has been awarded the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a result of a recent on-site survey. The cancer center joins an elite group of 106 accredited cancer centers to receive this national achievement award – given to only 22 percent of those surveyed during 2011.

“This national recognition is truly the result of a remarkable team effort,” said Kathleen Toomey, MD, medical director of The Steeplechase Cancer Center. “Our multidisciplinary teams of physicians, nurses and other clinicians meet regularly to confer on patient cases and establish treatment protocols to help us deliver the highest quality care and provide the best possible outcomes for our patients.”

“We are dedicated to offering not just the most advanced technologies and treatments needed to address patients’ physical needs, but also a full scope of supportive services to help patients heal emotionally and spiritually,” said Katrina Losa, RN, MSN, director of The Steeplechase Cancer Center. 
Established in 2004, Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a Commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement. 
The level of compliance with the seven standards is determined during an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards. 

The Steeplechase Cancer Center provides comprehensive outpatient cancer services, including breast biopsies, advanced radiation therapy techniques, chemotherapy, mammographies, smoking cessation services, clinical research studies, nutritional counseling, patient navigator services and lung cancer screenings. In addition, The Steeplechase Cancer Center offers a full range of support services, such as complementary medicine programs, support groups, a specialized cancer rehabilitation program, a resource library, palliative care and a boutique featuring prosthetics, mastectomy bras, wigs and other items just for cancer patients. For more information on The Steeplechase Cancer Center, visit For a physician referral, call 800-443-4605.