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University Only Hospital in Georgia to Earn Cancer Recognition April 20, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, contact Rebecca Sylvester at 706/828-2394.

University Only Hospital in Georgia to Earn Cancer Recognition

AUGUSTA, GA. (April 13, 2009) University Hospital has received the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award.

The commission’s Outstanding Achievement Award was designed in 2004 to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients, according to Stephen B. Edge, M.D., Commission on Cancer chair. A facility receives the award following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement). In addition a facility receives a compliance rating for the remaining 29 standards.

University’s Cancer Services Program is the only hospital in Georgia to receive this designation. Only 95 programs, or 19 percent of the U.S. programs surveyed in late 2008, reached this level of competency.

“We are pleased to acknowledge your commitment to providing high-quality cancer care as evidenced by your participation in the Commission on Cancer Approvals program,” Dr. Edge wrote in a congratulatory letter to University.

University Health Care System, President/CEO Larry Read expressed his appreciation to University’s Cancer Services team

“Patients and family members who experience the journey through cancer diagnosis and treatment are in exceptionally capable hands at University,” Mr. Read said. “I have never seen physicians and staff members from so many multidisciplinary groups so intent on working together to find the best care path for each patient. Their dedication is second to none, and they are well-deserving of this recognition.”

About the Commission on Cancer: Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and representatives of 47 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

About University Hospital: University Hospital is a 581-bed community, not-for-profit hospital and the flagship of University Health care System. Offering a comprehensive range of services throughout 25 counties in Georgia and South Carolina, University leads the region in diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease and cancer, and is noted as a leader in obstetrical and gynecological care. More than 600 physicians practice at University Hospital, representing nearly every medical and surgical specialty.

Opened in January 2009, University’s Heart & Vascular Institute leads the region in diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation – all under the roof of this state-of-the-art, $50 million facility. University is also an accredited Chest Pain Center. University has been named the Consumer Choice Award winner in the Augusta area for 10 consecutive years for overall quality and image, and is the only hospital in Augusta to have the Magnet designation for nursing excellence.

For more information about University Health Care System visit www.university health.org or contact Rebecca Sylvester, Communications Manager, at (706) 828-2394 or rsylvester@uh.org.

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