Florida Hospital New Smyrna Named Screening Center of Excellence for Lung Cancer

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., September 3, 2018 — Florida Hospital New Smyrna has been named as a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance for the hospitals’ ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening.

Florida Hospital New Smyrna joins Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach, and Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares in earning this designation.

“We are proud and honored to be working with Florida Hospital as a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence. Their commitment to practice responsible lung cancer screening will lead to advancements in research and many lives saved. They are an example to follow,” said Laurie Fenton Ambrose, Lung Cancer Alliance president and CEO.

Less than 40 hospitals in the entire state of Florida have earned this status.

Low dose CT screening for lung cancer carried out safely, efficiently and equitably saves tens of thousands of lives a year.

As Screening Centers of Excellence, all Florida Hospital locations throughout Volusia, Flagler and Lake counties have been recognized for their commitment to providing clear information based on current evidence for those who are candidates for lung cancer screening. Additionally, these facilities comply with comprehensive standards based on best practices developed by professional bodies such as the American College of Radiology (ACR), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP) for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multi-disciplinary clinical setting.

“I’m so proud of the team at Florida Hospital New Smyrna for working hard to earn this designation,” said Ken Mattison, Florida Hospital New Smyrna CEO. “Across all of our hospitals in the area, we are dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality care. Low dose CT screening has shown to be the only proven method to detect lung cancer at an early and treatable stage. We are thrilled to be part of this elite group, setting an example for responsible screening practices across the country.”

About Florida Hospital Central Florida Division – North Region
Florida Hospital’s parent company, Adventist Health System, has announced that it will soon change its name to AdventHealth. Based in Altamonte Springs, Adventist Health System is one of the nation’s largest faith-based health care systems with nearly 50 hospital campuses in nine states and more than 80,000 employees. As of Jan. 2, 2019, the Florida Hospitals in Lake, Flagler, and Volusia counties will adopt the AdventHealth name and logo. This name change is not the result of a merger, acquisition or change in ownership, but part of our efforts to help consumers easily identify AdventHealth’s care locations and services. We remain steadfastly committed to delivering whole-person care for the mind, body and spirit and our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ remains the same.

Encompassing six Florida Hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties, the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division – North Region is the largest hospital system in the area, including Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida Hospital New Smyrna in New Smyrna Beach, and Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares.

About Lung Cancer Alliance
Lung Cancer Alliance serves and listens to those living with and at risk for lung cancer to reduce stigma, improve quality of life and increase survival. We empower our community by helping people navigate the paths of early detection, diagnosis and treatment. Insights allow us to improve care, amplify awareness, drive advocacy and lead research with the vision of tripling the number of survivors in the next decade.

Lung Cancer Alliance launched the National Framework for Excellence in Lung Cancer Screening and Continuum of Care in 2012 and now has over 550 sites committed to the guidelines. The National Framework lays out a bill of rights for the at-risk public and guiding principles for lung cancer screening sites. www.lungcanceralliance.org

Photo Caption:
Florida Hospital New Smyrna has been named as a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance for the hospitals’ ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. Pictured here, the Florida Hospital New Smyrna team stands with the machine that performs a low dose CT screening for lung cancer. From left to right: CT tech Tracey Avallone, CT tech Melany Skirrow, CT tech Mindy Stamper, Radiology Director Aaron Robins, Radiology Manager Jessica Swann, and CT tech Kristi Ruiz.