Cancer Center and Urology Department Rank Among America’s Best

July 07, 2000

When U.S. News & World Report’s 11th Annual America’s Best Hospitals issue appears on news stands today, it will herald two Strong Memorial Hospital programs as being among the nation’s finest. The University of Rochester Cancer Center is listed as the 44th best among Cancer programs; Strong’s Department of Urology ranked as 43rd best in its specialty.

The Strong Memorial programs captured the spotlight from among the 1,701 hospitals and medical centers eligible for the rankings. Each year, U.S. News ranks hospitals in 17 specialties from cancer to heart procedures to pediatrics and urology. The magazine assesses hospitals based on an index made up of three equal parts related to quality of care: reputation, mortality, and various factors such as procedure volume and nursing care. Reputation alone determines rank in eyes, pediatrics, psychiatry and rehabilitation because mortality data are either unavailable or irrelevant.

The University of Rochester Cancer Center was one of the first designated centers of the National Cancer Institute when the War on Cancer was declared by the Nixon administration in 1974. It is the major resource for diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region -offering comprehensive care for all forms of cancer in both adults and children, says Cancer Center director George Abraham, M.D.

This year alone, the University of Rochester Cancer Center has received over 115 federal research grants from the National Institutes of Health, totaling more than $20 million. In fact, Cancer Center researchers were recently awarded one of NCI’s highly competitive grants under its Rapid Access to Intervention Development (RAID) program - an effort to speed the development of newly conceived therapies and bring them to the bedside - to create new ways to harness the body’s own immune defenses to destroy cancer cells. Cancer Center researchers also collaborate with scientists in the Aab Institute’s Center for Cancer Biology to learn more about the genetic underpinnings of cancer.

Strong’s Department of Urology, which has been previously ranked by U.S. News & World Report, is a leading center for innovative treatments for prostate cancer and benign prostate growth. It is also known as an Infertility Center, is credited for pioneering new treatments for conditions such as difficult-to-treat incontinence and bladder cancer, and has developed breakthrough therapies for patients with chronic inflammation and pain in the bladder. Lead by chair Edward Messing, M.D., the department is internationally respected for developing techniques that improve the precision of radioactive seed placement to treat prostate cancer.

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