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32 CANCER CARE IN WAYNE COUNTY Cancer Care started in 1984 When Dr. James Atkins relocated to Wayne County after finishing his training at Wake Forest Cancer Center. There was a lot of questions about whether or not our area could use a Cancer specialist. That ultimately began the practice of Southeastern Medical Oncology Center (SMOC). The current location was built in 1991 with an ex- pansion in 2001, there are now four oncologist as well as two physician extenders. Doctors Chang, Kasbari and Boyd have joined the practice over the last decade or so, they have made great additions. SMOC has been recognized for years by national organiza- tions like the National Cancer Institute and most of the major adult cancer treatment groups for its commitment and accrual to national trials. The national trials represent the hopes of cancer patients for advancements of cancer therapy, todays cancer trials represents tomorrow's therapy for many in America. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends that all patients go on a clinical trial if one is available and this is the reason why SMOC has been so com- mitted to cancer research. In an effort to provide the best quality of care for our patients we elected to apply for Quality Oncology Practice initiative (QOPI) certification. This is a way to make sure that we are meeting and exceeding the national standards for quality. We are pleased to let you know that we are QOPI certified. The certification has to be earned every 3 years. "ASCO's QOPI certification recognizes those oncology practices that are committed to delivering the highest quality of cancer care," said ASCO President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FASCO. "By achieving certification, these practices have demonstrated their commit- ment to quality and safety excellence in the care they deliver to patients, as well as to the continuous process of quality improvement." SMOC also started Southeastern Cancer Care, "Cures for the Colors", a 501-c-3, non-profit, tax exempt organization. The organization was created to assist cancer patients in Eastern North Carolina by assisting with basic living essentials such as grocery vouchers, gas cards, utility payments and oncol- ogy related prescription drugs. All of the proceeds raised stay in Eastern North Carolina to help those who are on active chemo, radiation or within three months of surgery. Assistance is offered to patients who live east of interstate 95 or the counties that have I-95 within their boundaries, applicants do not have to be a patient of Southeastern Medical Oncology Center in order to receive this help. -Dr. James N. Atkins Health Care

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