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Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center honored


July 23, 2012
BOSTON — U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals guide has ranked Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center the top cancer center in New England and fifth overall in the country. The rankings, now available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals.

The center is a collaboration of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital to provide comprehensive, specialized care for adults with cancer.

"The best cancer care comes from people who think about it intensely all the time," Edward J. Benz Jr., MD, president of Dana-Farber said. "At Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, it also comes from the combination of personalized, innovative care, deep experience, and understanding of the many forms of cancer and the latest technology."

Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD, president of Brigham and Women's, said, "This ranking is a clear reflection of the commitment and talent of the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center staff and employees who day in and day out deliver the best, safest care possible to our patients and their families."

This past May, U.S. News & World Report ranked Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center second among all pediatric cancer hospitals in the country and first in New England.

U.S. News & World Report publishes the hospital guide each year as a reference for patients who are reviewing their medical care options. RTI International, Research Triangle Park NC generated the 2012-13 rankings based on data provided on 4,793 hospitals in the U.S. The guide ranks medical facilities in cancer and 15 other specialties. The overall score is based on professional reputation, mortality rates, patient safety, and a grouping of care-related factors such as nursing and patient services.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and is among the leading cancer research and care centers in the United States. It is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute. It provides adult cancer care with Brigham and Women's Hospital as Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center and it provides pediatric care with Boston Children's Hospital as Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center.

Dana-Farber is the top ranked cancer center in New England and fifth nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report, and one of the largest recipients among independent hospitals of National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health grant funding. Follow Dana-Farber on Facebook and on Twitter.

Brigham and Women's Hospital is a 793-bed nonprofit teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners HealthCare.

Brigham and Women's has more than 3.5 million annual patient visits, is the largest birthing center in New England and employs nearly 15,000 people.

The Brigham's medical preeminence dates back to 1832, and today that rich history in clinical care is coupled with its national leadership in patient care, quality improvement and patient safety initiatives, and its dedication to research, innovation, community engagement and educating and training the next generation of health care professionals.

Through investigation and discovery conducted at its Biomedical Research Institute (BRI), Brigham and Women's is an international leader in basic, clinical and translational research on human diseases, involving nearly 1,000 physician-investigators and renowned biomedical scientists and faculty supported by nearly $625 million in funding.

Brigham and Women's continually pushes the boundaries of medicine, including building on its legacy in organ transplantation by performing the first face transplants in the U.S. in 2011.

Brigham and Women's is also home to major landmark epidemiologic population studies, including the Nurses' and Physicians' Health Studies, OurGenes and the Women's Health Initiative.

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