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80% by 2018 National Achievement Award Winners Announced

Please join us in congratulating the 2017 80% by 2018 National Achievement Award Honorees!

The 80% by 2018 National Achievement Awards is a program designed to recognize individuals and organizations who are dedicating their time, talent and expertise to advancing needed initiatives that support the shared goal to regularly screen 80% of adults 50 and over by 2018. Read more about the awards program.

Category: Hospital

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center of Chicago, one of Illinois’s largest nonprofit medical centers, increased colorectal cancer screening from approximately 25% in 2014 to 70% in 2016, which amounts to over 50,000 patients screened. The medical center mobilized partners from surgery, gastroenterology, oncology, and colleagues across its service area to implement a fully navigated Direct Access Screening Colonoscopy (DASC) program. This program allows primary care and specialty providers to refer patients directly for colonoscopy (including on Saturdays) to the hospital, creating seamless access to screenings. As a result, colonoscopy wait time shrunk from over two months to two weeks. Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center also conducts community outreach, speaking at community events and distributing fecal immunochemical tests (FITs) to local Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). The medical center is now working across Advocate Health Care’s 12-hospital system to help widely implement changes, and is providing leadership by sharing their work at national conferences and providing training to other Chicago-area hospitals.