BCHS Cancer Physicians Chosen as Top Oncologists (Battle Creek) 01/16/2009 Randy Mudge, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology and Stephen Smiley, M.D., medical director of medical oncology with The Cancer Care Center at Battle Creek Health System have been selected as two of America’s Top Oncologists by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.
Selection is based upon experience, training, board certification, and membership on professional associations. Consumers’ Research Council is a Washington, DC-based organization that provides information to assist consumers in obtaining the best professional medical services possible.
Dr. Mudge received his undergraduate degree in biology from Adrian College summa cum laude. He then received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School.
He completed his transitional residency at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, Michigan and his radiation oncology residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. He has served on or chaired a number of hospital committees in oncology, cancer, and performance improvement/risk management.
Dr. Mudge has published his research under the titles of Totally Resected Cancer of the Pancreas and Biliary Tree, Treatment and Results; and Visual Perception Abnormalities in Alzheimer’s Disease.
He is board certified in radiation oncology; a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners; and is a member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, American College of Radiation Oncology, and Radiologic Society of North America. He is the current chair of the hospital’s cancer committee. Dr. Mudge joined BCHS in 2002.
Dr. Smiley has a medical degree from Wayne State University. He completed his internship and residencies in internal medicine at Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, Saint Mary’s Hospital where was chief resident-internal medicine and president of the House Staff Association, and a fellowship in clinical oncology at University of Wisconsin’s Clinical Cancer Center. He is also medical director of Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice.
Dr. Smiley was named the Top Physician Accruer for 2000-2001 by the Grand Rapids Clinical Oncology Program (GRCOP) recognizing him as the top physician who demonstrates outstanding dedication and commitment to clinical trials run by GRCOP.
Dr. Smiley has published his research under titles of Hepatic Artery Infusion in Metastatic Breast Cancer, Intrahepatic Arterial Infusion with 5FU for Liver Metastases of Colorectal Carcinoma, Quality-of-Life Benefit of Chemotherapy Patients Treated with Epoetin Alfa, and Tamoxifen in Treatment of Intraductal Breast Cancer.
Dr. Smiley is a board member of the Michigan Society of Hematology and Oncology and a representative of that group to the sub-specialty section of the Michigan State Medical Society.
He is board certified by the National American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Medical Oncology. He joined Battle Creek Health System in 1983.
Battle Creek Health System, sponsored by two parent organizations--Trinity Health (the fourth largest Catholic health system in the U.S. with 21 hospitals, 9 nursing homes, 19 senior house facilities, 8 home health care agencies, and 4 hospices in Michigan alone) and BCHS Community Partners, is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Battle Creek Health System is a recipient of the 2008 HealthGrades Orthopaedic Surgery Excellence Award™. HealthGrades is a leading health care information company that provides objective ‘report card’ ratings nationwide. BCHS provides excellent health care for the community and promotes wellness for the whole person with access and compassion for all. For the latest medical information, visit the BCHS web site at www.bchealth.com or call the BCHS Marketing Department at (269) 966-8132.
About The Cancer Care Center
The Cancer Care Center at Battle Creek Health System offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art services based upon the latest cancer research, sophisticated diagnostic equipment, a multi-specialty team including board certified surgeons who discuss and coordinate treatment plans, and life-long patient follow-up through cancer registry.
The Cancer Care Center recently unveiled its newly renovated facilities adding 6,000 square feet of new area and 3,000 square feet of renovation giving critically needed treatment space for cancer patients, lifesaving new technology, a more healing environment, and room to grow complementary therapies.
The expansion project makes available an American Cancer Society (ACS) resource library for patients and community members who wish to learn more about this disease. The Cancer Center also offers an ACS program called ‘Road to Recovery’ that provides transportation for patients to their lifesaving and life-sustaining treatments at the hospital.
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes Battle Creek Health System as the only Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program. This approval is the highest awarded and held by fewer than 10% of hospitals nationwide. BCHS is the only hospital in Southwest Michigan to hold this designation.
Approval by the Commission on Cancer is awarded only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performances. In order to maintain approval, facilities with approved cancer programs must also undergo an on-site review every three years.
Receiving treatment in a Commission on Cancer-approved program ensures that a patient has access to quality care close to home.