Miami-Dade County

Sylvester Cancer Center receives excellence award from the state

Dr. Stephen Nimer at UM's Sylvester Cancer Center.
Dr. Stephen Nimer at UM's Sylvester Cancer Center. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has become the only cancer center in South Florida to receive the Cancer Center of Excellence Award from the state.

It is the first year the state is recognizing centers in the Cancer Center of Excellence Award Program, which is designed to encourage excellence in Florida’s cancer care facilities, retain the best physicians to treat the disease and foster a nationally recognized name for quality cancer care.

“This designation is a milestone in our history,” Sylvester Director Stephen D. Nimer said in a statement. “In addition to putting patient care above all else, we continue to draw the brightest research minds in the field to Sylvester so that we can fulfill our mission of discovering and developing more targeted treatments for patients across our region.”

The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville and University of Florida Health Cancer Center in Gainesville, which includes UF Health Shands Hospital, the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute and Orlando Health’s Orlando Regional Medical Center, also received the distinction last week.

The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center treats more than 5,000 new patients each year, and its survival rate for many cancers is higher than national averages, according to the center.

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This story was produced in collaboration with Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation