Virginia Piper Cancer Institute — Abbott Northwestern is the only Twin Cities program to earn the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. 5/25/2017  Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® – Abbott Northwestern is one of a select group of 22 U.S. accredited cancer programs to receive the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The award recognizes cancer programs that achieve excellence in compliance to the Commission on Cancer standards and provide the highest quality care to cancer patients.

Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® – Abbott Northwestern has held the Gold Commendation for three consecutive accreditations. As a Commission on Cancer-accredited program, Abbott Northwestern Hospital:

• is dedicated to providing the best in patient-centered cancer care
• measures the quality of care it provides against national standards
• uses the expertise of the entire oncology community to set the highest standards of cancer care
• provides value through improved patient outcomes across all areas of care: access and service, satisfaction and well-being, quality of care, and cancer outcomes.

About Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® – Abbott Northwestern Hospital

The Virginia Piper Cancer Institute®, part of Allina Health, provides comprehensive care through all aspects of cancer prevention, early detection and treatment to help individuals maintain quality of life and find ways to live with and beyond cancer. The Institute was founded in 1990 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

In addition to retaining its first place ranking for the best hospital in the Twin Cities and second in the State of Minnesota in the U.S. News & World Report's 2016-17 best hospital rankings, Abbott Northwestern has received nursing magnet certification, a recognition earned by only five percent of hospitals nationwide. 

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.