Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is a privately-owned, for-profit company that operates hospitals and outpatient oncology clinics. CTCA has three hospitals in the United States: Midwestern Regional Medical Center, located in Zion, Illinois; Southwestern Regional Medical Center, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Eastern Regional Medical Center, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An outpatient oncology clinic, Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center, is located in Seattle, Washington. Construction has started on a fourth hospital, Western Regional Medical Center, to be located in Goodyear, Arizona, which is scheduled to open in early 2009.

History

CTCA was founded in 1988 by Richard J Stephenson after his mother lost her battle with cancer. Stephenson was unsatisfied with the treatment options available to his mother and opened the first CTCA hospital with the mission of changing the face of cancer [ [http://www.healthexecutive.com/content/view/1712 “Cancer Treatment Centers of America: Complete Overhaul”] Health Executive, February 29, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-04-07] [ [http://www.cancercenter.com/about-us/history.cfm "Cancer Treatment Centers of America: History".] Retrieved on 2008-04-07.] The first hospital to open was Midwestern Regional Medical Center in northern Illinois.

Cancer Treatment

FDA-approved, traditional cancer treatments such as surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and stem cell transplants are offered at CTCA [ [http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_14/b3978096.htm "An Alternative For Cancer Patients"] Business Week, April 3, 2006.Retrieved on 2008-04-07] . Nutritional support, naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine, spiritual counseling, and other complementary and alternative therapies are also available. CTCA promotes a model of integrating traditional treatments with complementary therapies [ [http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_14/b3978096.htm "An Alternative For Cancer Patients"] Business Week, April 3, 2006. Retrieved on 2008-04-07] [ [http://www.healthexecutive.com/content/view/1712 “Cancer Treatment Centers of America: Complete Overhaul”] Health Executive, February 29, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-04-07] [ [http://www.cancercenter.com/about-us/history.cfm "Cancer Treatment Centers of America: History".] Retrieved on 2008-04-07.] .

Mission

CTCA advertises itself as the home of integrative and compassionate cancer care under the motto:

"We never stop searching for and providing powerful and innovative therapies to heal the whole person, improve quality of life and restore hope" [ [http://www.cancercenter.com/about-us/mission.cfm "Cancer Treatment Centers of America: Mission".] Retrieved on 2008-04-07] .

Accreditations

Each CTCA hospital is accredited with The Gold Seal of Approval™ by The Joint Commission [ [http://www.jointcommission.org “Joint Commission”] Retrieved on 2008-04-07] . The laboratories in each hospital are accredited by the College of American Pathologists [ [http://www.cap.org/apps/cap.portal “College of American Pathologists”] Retrieved on 2008-04-07] . Both Midwestern Regional Medical Center and Southwestern Regional Medical Center have been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons [ [http://www.facs.org/ "American College of Surgeons"] Retrieved on 2008-04-07] Commission on Cancer (CoC) for Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Programs.

Leadership

*Richard J Stephenson – Founder and Chairman of the Board [ [http://www.cancercenter.com/press-center/leadership.cfm "Cancer Treatment Centers of America: Leadership".] Retrieved on 2008-04-07]
*Stephen Bonner – President and CEO – Cancer Treatment Centers of America [ [http://www.cancercenter.com/press-center/leadership.cfm "Cancer Treatment Centers of America: Leadership".] Retrieved on 2008-04-07]
*Dr. Edgar D. Staren – Chief Medical Officer [ [http://www.cancercenter.com/press-center/leadership.cfm "Cancer Treatment Centers of America: Leadership".] Retrieved on 2008-04-07]
*Anne Meisner – President and CEO – Midwestern Regional Medical Center [ [http://www.cancercenter.com/press-center/leadership.cfm "Cancer Treatment Centers of America: Leadership".] Retrieved on 2008-04-07]
*John M. McNeil – President and CEO – Eastern Regional Medical Center [ [http://www.cancercenter.com/press-center/leadership.cfm "Cancer Treatment Centers of America: Leadership".] Retrieved on 2008-04-07]
*Steve Mackin – President and CEO – Southwestern Regional Medical Center [ [http://www.cancercenter.com/press-center/leadership.cfm "Cancer Treatment Centers of America: Leadership".] Retrieved on 2008-04-07]

External links

* [http://www.cancercenter.com "Cancer Treatment Centers of America"]
* [http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20080414/NATION/922414574/1002 "Doctors Advance Against Cancer"] (Washington Times article featuring CTCA)
* [http://www.webmd.com/news/20080128/vitamins-may-help-cancer-related-pain "Vitamins May Help Cancer-Related Pain] " (WebMD article featuring Timothy Birdsall, ND, Vice President of Integrative Medicine for CTCA)
* [http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_14/b3978096.htm "An Alternative For Cancer Patients"] (BusinessWeek article on CTCA)
* [http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/features/breast-cancers-relationship-toll "Breast Cancer's Relationship Toll] " (WebMD article featuring Katherine Puckett, LCSW, National Director of Mind-Body Medicine for CTCA)
* [http://health.usnews.com/usnews/health/healthday/071031/obesity-linked-to-increased-cancer-risk_print.htm "Obesity Linked to Increased Cancer Risk,] " (U.S.News & World Report article featuring Carolyn Lammersfeld, National Director of Nutrition for CTCA)
* [http://www.healthexecutive.com/content/view/1712 "Cancer Treatment Centers of America: Complete Overhaul"] (Health Executive article featuring Steve Bonner, President and CEO of CTCA)
* [http://www.jointcommission.org “Joint Commission”]
* [http://www.cap.org/apps/cap.portal “College of American Pathologists”]
* [http://www.facs.org/ "American College of Surgeons"]
* [http://www.quackwatch.com/02ConsumerProtection/FTCActions/ctca.html "Companies That Purport to Successfully Treat Cancer Agree to Settle FTC Charges over Their Claims] " (1996 Federal Trade Commission Settlement Statement)

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