COLUMBUS, Ohio – Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Alan W. Brass are the first recipients of the inaugural James Hope Award to be presented annually by The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James).
The award is named in honor of The James Cancer Hospital’s inspiring Statue of Hope, which was created by sculptor Alfred Tibor and dedicated on the hospital’s front lawn in 1993. The James Hope Award was created in 2009 in recognition of the community’s commitment to support exceptional cancer care, education and research. Criteria for the award include advocacy, collaboration, innovation and leadership.
Tiberi was chosen based on his leadership in securing a federal rule change to allow The James to continue with a planned expansion without fear of losing its current Medicare reimbursement status. Tiberi is a member of the United States House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare programs.
The proposed change, made in April 2008, affects how hospitals are reimbursed by Medicare and will allow The James to retain an exemption from the Medicare program for reasonable costs of providing care to patients in the hospital’s Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS).
Tiberi collaborated with leaders at The James and The Ohio State University, as well as officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop the rule modification that will allow physicians and healthcare leaders at The James to expand cancer patient-care services while continuing innovative research efforts.
“It is truly an honor to receive the James Hope Award,” said Tiberi. “The work done here by doctors, researchers, and staff is life-changing, and the expansion of The James means they will touch even more lives. It’s a privilege to have worked on behalf of The James in Washington and achieved real results.”
Brass, was selected based on his strong leadership as a member of The Ohio State University Board of Trustees and throughout his service as chair of the Board’s Medical Affairs Committee. His support and advocacy for construction of a new cancer hospital and the entire ProjectONE expansion initiative will improve countless lives for generations to come. The $1 billion ProjectONE will transform Ohio State University Medical Center’s central campus and include a centralized single tower design housing a new cancer hospital, along with a new critical care building and integrated spaces for research, education and patient care.
Brass, of Toledo, was appointed as a member of the OSU board of trustees in 2006. His career spans four decades in healthcare and has predominantly been associated with large multi-hospital systems and with major academic centers. Brass recently retired as chief executive officer for ProMedica Health System in Toledo, which is one of the largest and fastest growing healthcare systems in the Midwest.
“I am very honored, proud and humbled to be recognized publicly by such a wonderful and successful organization,” said Brass. “This award means more to me than you will ever know.”
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is one of only 40 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States designated by the National Cancer Institute. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 20 cancer hospitals in the nation, The James (www.jamesline.com) is the 180-bed adult patient-care component of the cancer program at The Ohio State University. The OSUCCC-James is one of only five centers in the country approved by the NCI to conduct both Phase I and Phase II clinical trials.# # #
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