Halifax Health Named Screening Center of Excellence - Joins More than 500 Screening Centers Across the Country Following Best Practices Outlined by Lung Cancer Alliance

Halifax Health – Center for Oncology physicians and staff.  Pictured are (l-r): Dr. Tabitha Townsend; Dr. Abdul Sorathia; Dr. Ruby Anne E. Deveras; Dr. Richard Weiss; Dr. Murthy Andavolu; Dr. Zafar Latif; and Debra Trovato, oncology services service line administrator.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (January 18, 2019) – Halifax Health Medical Center has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening.  Low dose CT screening for lung cancer carried out safely, efficiently and equitably saves tens of thousands of lives a year.

“We are proud and honored to be working with Halifax Health Medical Center as a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence.  Their commitment to practice responsible lung cancer screening will lead to advancements in research and many lives saved.  They are an example to follow,” says LCA President and CEO, Laurie Fenton Ambrose.

Designated Screening Centers of Excellence are committed to provide clear information based on current evidence on who is a candidate for lung cancer screening, and to comply with comprehensive standards based on best practices developed by professional bodies such as the American College of Radiology (ACR), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP) for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multi-disciplinary clinical setting.

“Halifax Health Medical Center is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality care.  Low dose CT screening has shown to be the only proven method to detect lung cancer at an early and treatable stage.  We are thrilled to be part of this elite group, setting an example for responsible screening practices across the country,” says Debra Trovato, director of oncology services for Halifax Health - Center for Oncology.

About Lung Cancer Alliance

Lung Cancer Alliance serves and listens to those living with and at risk for lung cancer to reduce stigma, improve quality of life and increase survival. We empower our community by helping people navigate the paths of early detection, diagnosis and treatment. Insights allow us to improve care, amplify awareness, drive advocacy and lead research with the vision of tripling the number of survivors in the next decade.

Lung Cancer Alliance launched the National Framework for Excellence in Lung Cancer Screening and Continuum of Care in 2012 and now has over 500 sites committed to the guidelines.  The National Framework lays out a bill of rights for the at-risk public and guiding principles for lung cancer screening sites. lungcanceralliance.org

Halifax Health

Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, freestanding emergency department, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization.  Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born earlier than 28 weeks.  For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.

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