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Elekta Recognizes Best Paper Award Recipients and Cancer Registrar of the Year at NCRA Education Conference



At the National Cancer Registrars Association’s (NCRA) 38th Annual Education Conference in Washington D.C.,

Elekta joined the Journal of Registry Management (JRM) to announce recipients of the Elekta / JRM Best Paper Award. Elekta and JRM, the official journal of NCRA, collaborate on this award to recognize exemplary work in the cancer registration field.

Published in the winter 2011 issue of JRM, the Elekta Award for Journal of Registry Management: Best Paper of the Year 2011 went to “Embedding QR Codes in Tumor Board Presentations, Enhancing Educational Content for Oncology Information Management." Richard Siderits, M.D.; Stacy Yates; Arelis Rodriguez; Tina Lee; Cheryl Rimmer, M.D.; and Mark Roche, M.D., MMI co-authored this paper.
The 2011 Honorable Mention was awarded to “Survival Outcomes of Pediatric Osteosarcoma and Ewing's Sarcoma:  A Comparison of Surgery Type within the SEER Database, 1988-2007,” which was published in the fall 2011 issue of JRM. Justin Schrager; Rachel E. Patzer; Pamela J. Mink; Kevin C. Ward; and Michael Goodman co-authored this paper.
"We are proud of Elekta’s sponsorship for recognition of a continually informative publication,” says Michael Hechter, NCRA’s Director of Membership and Certification. “The Journal of Registry Management, published by NCRA, properly showcases the relevant work of cancer registry professionals.”
“Elekta is honored to have the opportunity to work with the Journal of Registry Management and to sponsor the Best Paper Award,” says George Rugg, Elekta’s Senior Vice President for Decision Support Products. “It is interesting to learn how registry professionals are working to advance the cancer registry data collection and analytics science. We would like to join the JRM in congratulating the 2012 publication winners.”
Elekta selects Cancer Registrar of the Year
During the conference, Elekta also paid tribute to the 2012 Registrar of the Year, which honors registrars who make valuable contributions to the success of their registry, and extend those contributions to benefit the broader medical facility and community. Nancy O’Donnell, Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR®) for Atlantic Health System in Morristown, New Jersey was recognized as Registrar of the Year.
Recognized for nine years of service, O’Donnell was nominated by her colleagues for her professionalism, integrity, and dedication, as well as the vital role she plays in running the registry. Founding member and past president of the Oncology Registrars Association of New Jersey (ORANJ), Nancy is also an active member of NCRA, as well as the Board of Managers for the Morris County American Cancer Society.
“Nancy deserves the outstanding registrar award for enabling Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Morristown Medical Center to have top-notch cancer registry departments,” says Samuel Chilaka, MA, CTR, Cancer Registrar.
An honorable mention also was awarded to Gloria D. Hart, CTR, a registrar with more than nine years experience at Chicago-based John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.  
“What better honor than recognition from one’s colleagues?” says Rugg. “We at Elekta would like to congratulate Nancy and Gloria for their contribution to their registry programs.” 
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Elekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops sophisticated, state-of-the-art tools and treatment planning systems for radiation therapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care. Stretching the boundaries of science and technology, providing intelligent and resource-efficient solutions that offer confidence to both healthcare providers and patients, Elekta aims to improve, prolong and even save patient lives.

Today, Elekta solutions in oncology and neurosurgery are used in over 6,000 hospitals worldwide. Elekta employs around 3,300 employees globally. The corporate headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker EKTAb. Website:

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