Harbin Clinic Cancer Center Awarded Oncology (Cancer) Practice of the Year for the Second Year in a Row

Harbin Clinic Tony E. Warren, MD Cancer Center has been named the Cancer Practice of the Year for 2011 by the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology (GASCO). GASCO is the professional organization representing Georgia physicians specializing in cancer care. Every major cancer treatment program in Georgia participates in GASCO, and Practice of the Year is the organization’s highest award.

According to Kenneth Davis, MD, Harbin Clinic Chief Executive Officer, “When you consider the world-class and world-famous cancer treatment programs at Georgia’s academic medical centers, receiving this award as the state’s top cancer program is both humbling and inspiring. It is a tribute to our doctors and the entire medical community who work together each day to service the patients.” The award demonstrates that people in Northwest Georgia do not need to travel to receive outstanding cancer care and will increase the numbers of people who come from outside our region to Rome for treatment.

The Practice of the Year Award was created by the GASCO Board of Directors to acknowledge the contributions of Georgia’s cancer care professionals and their staffs in improving the quality and accessibility of cancer care to patients in support of GASCO’s mission. According to GASCO President, Dr. Jose Tongol, a medical oncologist in Albany, the award was presented to the Harbin Clinic Oncology Department “In recognition of its commitment to excellence and its support of the cancer care community in Georgia.” The criteria were distributed to all GASCO members and results determined at the end of 2011. As in 2010, the competition was very close, which only underscores the number of exemplary cancer centers throughout Georgia.

This is the second consecutive year that Harbin Clinic’s cancer program has received this honor and the first since the program moved into the new Cancer Center building. In 2010 when the program first won the award, Harbin Clinic’s cancer program was located in several buildings in Rome. In April 2011, the cancer program consolidated in the new Harbin Clinic Cancer Center building on the campus of Floyd Hospital.

Since consolidating into the new buildings, doctors and administrators from South Korea, Russia, and throughout the United States have visited and toured the new state-ofthe-arts facility.

Harbin Clinic is the state’s largest physician-owned multi-specialty clinic with more than 200 providers in 21 locations throughout North West Georgia. The Harbin Clinic Cancer Program includes the Departments of General Surgery, Urology, Pulmonology, and other specialties. Located in the Cancer Center are the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology. The Radiation Oncologist Department includes doctors Matt P. Mumber, James J. Santoro, and J.C. Abdou. The Hematology/Oncology Department includes doctors Melissa Dillmon, Dilawar Khan, Gerald McCormick, and Thomas Simpson, Jr.