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Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center has received the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons.

The Fort Wayne center was one of 79 recipients nationally and five in Indiana to earn the designation. It was the only one in northeast Indiana.

Cancer programs were reviewed on 29 standards in four basic categories: leadership, data management, clinical services and quality improvement.

Dr. Daniel McKellar, chairman of the Commission on Cancer for the American College of Surgeons, said patients increasingly want to know how health care providers compare with one another.

“They want access to information in terms of who’s providing the best quality of care, and they want to know about overall patient outcomes,” he said in a statement.

Rae Gonterman, senior vice president of Parkview’s cancer center, said the award recognizes a team effort.

“We work to ensure all patients have the right plan, resources and access to those resources as they receive their treatment,” she said in a statement.

State launches fund for minority startups

State officials Tuesday launched the Indiana Diversity Investment Fund, a pool of money to help women, minorities and veterans launch businesses with high-growth potential.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has partnered with Elevate Ventures to create the IDI Fund, which is starting with $1 million.

Elevate Ventures manages $80 million for the state, including more than $34 million in federal money. The organization helps startups with high-growth potential and second-stage ventures of high-growth companies. Assistance can be advice, money or both.

“As women, minority and veteran-owned businesses grow, these firms will employ more people in our state,” Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement. For more information, go to the Elevate Ventures website at www.elevateventures.com/apply.

Zimmer buys German orthopedics maker

Orthopedic products maker Zimmer Holdings Inc., of Warsaw, said Tuesday it bought Normed Medizin-Technik GmbH for an undisclosed sum.

The German company makes a range of specialized plates, screws and instruments, including systems for bone reconstruction and fracture repair, fusion procedures and external fixation.

Zimmer said the addition of Normed will strengthen its extremities and trauma product lineups and will boost product development at its foot and ankle and hand and wrist businesses.

Chrysler resisting recalls of 2 models

A defiant Chrysler is refusing to recall about 2.7 million Jeeps the government says are at risk of a fuel tank fire in a rear-end collision.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent Chrysler a letter asking that the company voluntarily recall Jeep Grand Cherokees from 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007.

Chrysler Group LLC, majority-owned by Italy’s Fiat SpA, said in a statement Tuesday that the Jeeps are safe and it “does not intend to recall the vehicles.”

Such a refusal by an auto company is rare. The safety agency can order a recall but may need a court order to enforce it.


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