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Cayuga Cancer Center Honored with Outstanding Achievement Award

The Cayuga Cancer Center received its third-consecutive Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. According to a press release from the center, it is currently the only Upstate New York cancer program with the commission’s highest award.

“It is an extraordinary honor to be a three-time recipient of the commission’s Outstanding Achievement Award,” says Charles Garbo, M.D., chairman of the Cayuga Medical Center Cancer Committee. “We strive for excellence in providing quality care, and the commission’s award recognizes the excellent care our patients receive.” 

The Cayuga Cancer Center was one of just 24 cancer programs in the U.S. to earn the commission’s Outstanding Achievement Award for their 2018 three-year re-accreditations, and one of 37 U.S. cancer programs to be a three-time award recipient since 2016, stated the release. The Cayuga Cancer Center previously received the Outstanding Achievement Award following its re-accreditations in 2016 and 2013. The commission evaluates more than 1,500 cancer programs in the U.S. on their performance in meeting a wide range of standards during the previous 36-month period.

Established in 2004, the Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement. The level of compliance with the seven standards is determined during an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards. 

The accreditation program, a component of the commission, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years. More than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year are diagnosed and/or treated in commission-accredited facilities.

The Commission on Cancer provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each accredited cancer program through its online hospital locator and through the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345

United Airlines Launches Third Daily Flight Between Ithaca and D.C. 

United Airlines launched its third daily flight between Washington Dulles International Airport and Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport on Monday, April 29, further strengthening its domestic route network by offering more ways for customers to connect between Washington, D.C. and Ithaca. From its hub at Washington Dulles, United and United Express offers customers access to more than 70 cities across the United States and nearly 40 destinations in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

“We’re continuously looking at opportunities to expand our domestic and international route network, and because there is significant customer demand, we have added a third daily flight to connect our customers conveniently between Ithaca and Washington Dulles,” said Jill Kaplan, United’s president of New York and New Jersey, in a press release issued last month about the new flight option. “Ithaca is a vital economic engine for business and tourism in Upstate New York, and United Airlines is thrilled to expand our service and offer customers the only non-stop services between Washington, D.C. and Ithaca.”

“Once again, United Airlines is responding to our community’s needs to connect with the world,” said Martha Robertson, chair of the Tompkins County Legislature. “By adding this third daily flight, United is making it even more convenient for Tompkins County residents to welcome family and friends—and business—to Ithaca and hundreds of opportunities to easily connect to the world at its Washington Dulles hub.”

“Increased service to Washington, D.C. will make it easier for Ithaca to stay connected—not just to our federal government, but to the increasingly vibrant economy of the DMV[D.C., Maryland, Virginia] area and to the family members that Ithacans have in the area,” noted City of Ithaca mayor Svante Myrick. “Continued expansion makes it easier than ever to fly ITH.”

Tompkins Trust Promotes New VP of Credit Administration Division Manager

According to a press release, Tompkins Trust Company has promoted Thomas Evans to vice President of Credit Administration Division Manager. 

Evans started with Tompkins Trust Company in 2009 as a senior credit analyst. He was quickly promoted to commercial credit manager in 2011 and then to assistant vice president, commercial relationship manager in 2015. Before his time with Tompkins, Evans served as a commercial & agricultural credit analyst with Lyons National Bank. He holds his bachelor’s degree in business administration &  management from Rochester Institute of Technology and his master’s from Northwestern University.

“Thomas continues to bring a stellar performance not only to the commercial department, but to our organization as a whole,” said Steve Hoyt, senior vice president and credit administration division Manager, who retired from the Trust Company on April 1, 2019.

Evans is heavily involved in the local community. He currently serves as the board president for Ithaca Community Recovery and has been a board member with Cayuga Medical Center Foundation since 2015. He also serves on the board of the Advocacy Center for Tompkins County and is a former board member at the Kitchen Theatre Company.

“I am excited for Thomas to take on this new role and very pleased for our customers and our company that we have someone with the credit skills and experience that Thomas brings to the team,” said Greg Hartz, president and CEO of Tompkins Trust Company.

Marilee Murphy named new executive director of Cancer Resource Center

The Cancer Resource Center is “pleased and excited” to announce that Marilee Murphy will be the new executive director of CRC, per a press release issued to announce the selection. Murphy is a long-standing resident of Ithaca and brings a strong 30-year background in healthcare and organizational leadership. She holds degrees in nutrition and nursing and is considered a national leader in the field of acupuncture. Murphy will transition out of her private integrative health care practice in Ithaca, where she has worked with a significant number of cancer patients, and into her new role at CRC.

While Murphy’s official start date at CRC is June 20, during the month of May, she will be orienting herself to the staff, clients, and volunteers, and learning about the day-to-day operations at CRC.


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