Awards and Accreditations


National Cancer Institute

In 2010, a National Cancer Institute (NCI) survey team gave The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research (OSUCCC – James) an “exceptional” rating – the highest descriptor given by the NCI, which stated that the OSUCCC – James “should serve as the model for other matrix university-based centers.” This resulted in another five-year NCI designation as a comprehensive cancer center, a distinction Ohio State has held since 1976. With the designation came an NCI support grant of $23 million, which was a 16-percent increase over the previous support grant.


The James in September 2013 achieved the highly prestigious Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

The Joint Commission

The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is accredited by The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that evaluates the quality and safety of care provided by healthcare organizations across the nation. The James’ most recent Joint Commission survey was in July 2014.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The James is a charter member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), a not-for-profit alliance of 25 of the world’s leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research and education. The NCCN is dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of cancer care so patients can live better lives. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, the NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system.

The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). The CoC accredits cancer programs based on a comprehensive evaluation of institutional and programmatic resources; program management and administration; clinical management; inpatient and outpatient care; supportive care services; research; quality management and improvement; cancer-data management; public education; prevention and detection; and professional education and staff support.

Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy

The James’ blood and marrow transplant (BMT) program is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) for allogeneic and autologous transplantation, including clinical, collection (apheresis and perioperative services for bone marrow harvest) and processing. FACT accreditation attests to the high quality of the OSUCCC – James’ BMT program.

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers


The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). A coalition of professional organizations, the NAPBC works to provide the most efficient and contemporary breast care using scientific evidence about what works best for patients. The NAPBC monitors compliance to its standards at each accredited breast center. The NAPBC Board is composed of leadership from many medical disciplines and upholds nationally recognized quality performance measures for breast cancer treatment. It is administered by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), which for more than 100 years has led national and international initiatives to improve quality in hospitals.

Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

The OSUCCC – James is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The BICOE designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of the ACR’s voluntary breast imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.


National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $25.4 million grant to The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), a collaboration between the University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) to accelerate basic science discoveries into life-saving medical advances. The CCTS received its initial Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the NIH in 2008. Since then, the Center has helped connect hundreds of researchers across Ohio with the resources needed to discover techniques and treatments for such diseases as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s, as well as childhood illnesses such as muscular dystrophy. The CCTS is directed by Rebecca Jackson, MD, associate dean for clinical research in Ohio State’s College of Medicine and a member of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

In 2013, The Ohio State University received an $18.7 million federal grant to establish a research center for studying tobacco-use patterns, nicotine dependence and cancer biomarkers, industry marketing practices and public perceptions that will help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration put science behind its new role in regulating tobacco. Ohio State’s center is one of 14 established nationally by this initiative, called the Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science Program. The National Cancer Institute administers the Ohio state funding. The center is co-led by OSUCCC Deputy Director Peter Shields, MD, and Mary Ellen Wewers, PhD, MPH, RN, a professor in the College of Public Health.

The OSUCCC – James has been awarded and holds three separate grant contracts with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) totaling millions of dollars for NCI-related collaborative work designed to improve clinical care and patient outcomes across the country. These include:

    1. A five-year, $7.3 million grant awarded in 2014 establishing Ohio State as an NCI National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) Lead Academic Participating Site. Richard Goldberg, MD, physician-in-chief at the OSUCCC – James, is principal investigator (PI). The NCTN develops and conducts state-of-the-art cancer treatment and advanced imaging clinical trials, especially large multi-institutional trials evaluating new cancer therapies and related clinical approaches for adult and pediatric patients. The grant supports OSUCCC – James participation in the NCI-funded clinical oncology cooperative groups.

    2. A five-year, $4.19 million grant awarded in 2014 (renewing a previous NCI phase I grant contract) for conducting phase I clinical trials on novel anticancer agents (new drugs and drug combinations) as part of an NCI Experimental Therapeutics-Clinical Trials Network (ET-CTN) that supports the NCTN. Michael Grever, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Ohio State and co-leader of the Leukemia Research Program at the OSUCCC – James, is PI for the grant. The OSUCCC – James works with other network members to define the drug development plan and conduct clinical trials for these novel anticancer agents.

    3. A grant awarded in 2011 that could be worth more than $8 million over five years if fulfilled to capacity for conducting phase II clinical trials to test novel anticancer agents in new indications. Miguel Villalona, MD, professor and director of the Division of Medical Oncology at Ohio State and a member of the Translational Therapeutics Program at the OSUCCC – James, is PI for the grant, which enables the OSUCCC – James to conduct phase II studies as the lead institution in a consortium that includes three other cancer centers as collaborators.

    U.S. News & World Report

    Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute stands out once again for cancer care in the U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Hospitals" issue, ranking among the top cancer programs in the country. The "America's Best Hospitals" issue, considered by many consumers and health care industry analysts as a leading indicator of quality care and performance, is compiled using data collected annually.

    Becker's Hospital Review

    Becker's Hospital Review includes The James on its list of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs. The Becker’s website states that these hospitals are leading the way in quality patient care, cancer outcomes and research, and have been recognized for excellence in this specialty by such reputable healthcare rating resources as U.S. News & World Report, Thomson Reuters, the National Cancer Institute, the American College of Surgeons, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and CareChex. Each organization has demonstrated a focus on patient-centered cancer care and emphasis on continual innovation in treatments and services. 

    Institute for Diversity in Health Management

    The Institute for Diversity in Health Management, an American Hospital Association (AHA) affiliate, has recognized Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center as a “Best in Class” hospital as part of “Diversity and Disparities: A Benchmarking Study of U.S. Hospitals.” The Institute commissioned the Health Research & Educational Trust to conduct a national survey of hospitals to examine the actions they are taking to address health disparities and improve diversity. Ohio State was chosen out of more than 1,100 hospitals that responded to the survey.

    University HealthSystem Consortium

    The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is one of 10 academic medical centers in the nation delivering the highest quality of care based on results of a study commissioned by the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC). In recognition, the Wexner Medical Center received the 2011 UHC Quality Leadership Award, which is given to academic medical centers that demonstrate excellence in delivering high-quality care as measured by a Quality & Accountability Study that UHC commissions annually.

Other Accolades & Achievements

  • One of only four cancer centers in the nation funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials on novel anticancer drugs
  • Charter membership in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of 21 leading cancer centers that establishes national clinical oncology practice guidelines and standards of cancer care
  • The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is one of 11 freestanding cancer hospitals in the nation that constitute the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers
  • A record of consistently recruiting the world’s leading cancer researchers, whose groundbreaking work has helped Ohio State’s NCI grant funding quadruple over the past decade
  • A robust clinical trials program that involves the participation of nearly 1 in 3 patients diagnosed and treated at the OSUCCC – James and includes an online cancer clinical trials search tool
  • The Total Cancer Care® Program, a medical information and biorepository research protocol that involves an innovative lifetime partnership with patients through universal consenting
  • A set of 21 shared resources that provide investigators with ready access to specialized technologies, services, methodologies and consultations that enhance their ability to conduct cancer research
  • A unique Drug Development Institute that was created to accelerate cancer drug discovery and development at Ohio State through collaboration and results-based project management to speed new cancer treatments to patients

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