Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Receives Outstanding Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

April 16, 2013

New Brunswick, N.J. - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s (RWJUH) Cancer Program, in partnership with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) and private physicians in the community, has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer.

RWJUH, which is the flagship cancer hospital of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is one of only two National Cancer Institute-designated cancer programs in the nation to achieve this honor.

“Earning this national distinction is clear evidence that this remarkable cancer team offers residents of our state and region the finest cancer treatment available anywhere in the United States,” says Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, President and CEO of RWJUH and Robert Wood Johnson Health System.

Molly Gabel, MD, Chair of the Cancer Committee, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at RWJMS and Director of the CINJ Network  adds, “We are proud to be part of an academic medical campus that excels in several key cancer program standards and offers patients groundbreaking cancer treatment innovation, technology, research and clinical trials.”

Established in 2004, the ACS Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. A facility or program can earn the award following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the program demonstrates compliance with seven standards of excellence established by the Commission. The standards are: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach and quality improvement efforts.

“Achieving this prestigious honor is a direct reflection of the leadership of Cancer Committee Chair Molly Gabel, MD, who has fostered an environment which promotes partnership, participation and productivity,” says Michael Nissenblatt, MD, Clinical Professor at RWJMS and Associate Director of Oncology at RWJ who serves RWJUH’s Cancer Liaison to the American College of Surgeons. “All of these goals have been achieved in each of seven challenging standards. RWJ has again demonstrated that the partnership of science and humanity, witnessed through the equal roles of a medical school and private practitioners creates a paradigm for success.”

Award recipients represent community-based facilities, teaching hospitals/academic medical centers, NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, VA hospitals and network cancer programs as well as newly accredited programs and programs currently accredited by the Commission on Cancer.

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About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 600-bed academic medical center and the principal hospital of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the flagship cancer hospital of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick, NJ. Robert Wood Johnson is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ( The hospital is also a Level 1 Trauma Center and serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness. The hospital has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety. RWJUH ranks among the best hospitals in America, according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2012 ranking of “America’s Best Hospitals.” It is the sixth consecutive year that RWJUH has achieved this prestigious ranking. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital is also ranked among the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH among the nation's best comprehensive cancer centers. The Leapfrog Group rated RWJUH as one of the 50 exceptional U.S. hospitals, as published in Consumers Digest magazine, and has given the hospital an “A” grade for safety and quality. Harvard University researchers, in a study commissioned by The Commonwealth Fund, identified RWJUH as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation for clinical quality. RWJUH is also a four-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence. Visit us online at

About The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey ( is the state’s first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated to improving the detection, treatment and care of patients with cancer, and serving as an education resource for cancer prevention. Physician-scientists at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey engage in translational research, transforming their laboratory discoveries into clinical practice, quite literally bringing research to life.  To make a tax-deductible gift to support The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, call 732-235-8614 or visit Follow us on Facebook at


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