Cancer Center Receives Outstanding Collaboration Award from American Cancer Society

June 14, 2010
Lebanon, NH

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center announced today that it has received the Outstanding Collaboration Award for 2009 from the American Cancer Society (ACS) in New Hampshire. The Award recognizes an organization that has partnered with the ACS to advance its 2015 collaborative goals. These goals seek to significantly reduce cancer diagnoses and deaths, and to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors and their loved ones.

The award was presented at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Greater Manchester on June 4th. Stefan Balan, MD, accepted the award on behalf of Norris Cotton Cancer Center and its Director, Mark A. Israel, MD. Dr. Balan is the Clinical Director of Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Manchester, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover.

The award was presented by Deborah Smith MBA, Senior Operations Vice President for Health Initiatives for the American Cancer Society. "The American Cancer Society and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center have been working together toward shared goals for many years," she said. The ACS and Norris Cotton Cancer Center also established a formal agreement in 2006, which details collaboration between the two organizations in research, patient support services, and prevention and education programs.

"Collaboration is a fundamental value at Dartmouth, and throughout the years we've had a deep collaboration with the American Cancer Society," Dr. Balan said. He thanked the Manchester Relay for Life participants for their role in supporting the organizations' shared goals in cancer research and patient care. "As you walk today step by step, I want you to know that you are helping us walk our walk against cancer, and you're helping us every day to fight cancer, to understand cancer, and eventually to conquer cancer," he said.

Dr. Balan also is one of ten recipients from around the country of the 2010 Lane Adams Quality of Life Award from the American Cancer Society. The Lane Adams Award recognizes individuals who are making a difference for people living with cancer and their families through innovation, leadership, and excellence in providing compassionate and skilled care.

Director Mark A. Israel expressed the importance of collaboration with the American Cancer Society in fulfilling the Cancer Center's mission. "Norris Cotton Cancer Center is committed to excellence in everything we do, from the discoveries we make through the microscope to the care we give at the bedside, and partnering with ACS helps us fulfill that commitment," Dr. Israel said.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center combines advanced cancer research at Dartmouth Medical School with patient-centered cancer care provided at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock regional locations in Manchester and Keene, NH, and St. Johnsbury, VT, and at 11 partner hospitals throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. It is one of 40 centers nationwide to earn the National Cancer Institute's "Comprehensive Cancer Center" designation. Learn more about Norris Cotton Cancer Center research, programs, and clinical trials online at

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