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Breast Cancer Foundation Honors Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Physician for Outstanding Care

TNBC Foundation and Hackensack University Medical Center join forces to provide consummate care for Breast Cancer patients across northern New Jersey

Outstanding Breast Cancer Care
(Photo by BC The Mag) The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation (TNBCF) honored Hackensack University Medical Center and Leslie Montgomery, M.D. – Hackensack University Medical Center’s Breast Surgery Division Chief, for their outstanding commitment to Breast Cancer patients at the Peace, Love and A Cure Event in Teaneck, NJ. From left to right: Martin S. Karpeh Jr., M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center; Leslie L. Montgomery, M.D., FACS, chief of the Division of Breast Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center; Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president, Hackensack University Medical Center.

The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation (TNBCF) honored Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center and Leslie L. Montgomery, M.D. – Hackensack University Medical Center’s Breast Surgery Division Chief, for their outstanding commitment to Breast Cancer patients at the Peace, Love and A Cure Event in Teaneck, NJ. Over the last year, Hackensack University Medical Center and TNBCF have partnered to elevate the standard of care for Breast Cancer patients in northern New Jersey.

“Hackensack University Medical Center is dedicated to providing world-class care for our patients, and we are so proud to partner with the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation to provide Breast Cancer patients with the excellent, high-quality care they deserve,” says Ihor Sawczuk, M.D., president of Hackensack University Medical Center. “We are delighted that the TNBC Foundation has recognized Dr. Montgomery and the entire team at Hackensack University Medical Center for their outstanding Breast Cancer care. Dr. Montgomery is a first-class surgeon, and we are honored to have her as part of our team.”

Hackensack University Medical Center, continues to enhance the way health care is delivered to Breast Cancer patients. Hackensack University Medical Center’s John Theurer Cancer Center, the Betty Torricelli Institute for Breast Care and the Division of Breast Surgery provide state-of-the-art services and innovative treatments for patients, advancing the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission to find a cure for Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and Hackensack Meridian Health have recently announced a strategic partnership to optimize clinical cancer care and enhance research and discovery in New Jersey. This network partnership will further accelerate Hackensack University Medical Center’s innovative cancer care.

“Hackensack University Medical Center appreciates the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation’s confidence in the excellent care we provide the communities we serve,” said Martin S. Karpeh Jr., M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery. “We are also proud that the TNBC Foundation has recognized Dr. Montgomery’s work in the Division of Breast Surgery to raise the standard of care in treating Triple Negative Breast Cancer in order to improve patient outcomes.”

In order to make care more efficient and convenient for patients, the Betty Torricelli Institute for Breast Care at Hackensack University Medical Center performs diagnostic imaging and biopsies on the same day. In addition, Hackensack University Medical Center has developed an innovative screening program that utilizes 3D technology to provide patients with state-of-the-art mammograms.

Hackensack University Medical Center’s Breast Surgery division is also committed to enhancing the patient’s experience by empowering intake nurse coordinators to make new patient visits more productive. Intake nurse coordinators ensure that a new patient’s pathology is reviewed by the physician and staff prior to the appointment in order to make the initial meeting more informative. In addition, the breast surgery team meets on a weekly basis to discuss their patients, resulting in more comprehensive, coordinated care and optimizing patient outcomes.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation for my work in treating Breast Cancer,” said Leslie L. Montgomery, M.D., FACS, chief of the Division of Breast Surgery. “At Hackensack University Medical Center, we are focused on enhancing patient care during incredibly difficult times. The TNBC Foundation is a valuable partner in driving research and innovation forward, and I look forward to our continued partnership to elevate care and improve patient outcomes.”

Dr. Montgomery is the chief of Hackensack University Medical Center’s Division of Breast Surgery and an internationally recognized, board-certified surgical oncologist specializing in Breast Cancer. Dr. Montgomery joined Hackensack University Medical Center in 2015 from Montefiore Medical Center, where she served as the chief of the Division of Breast Surgery and director of Breast Services at the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care in New York City. In addition, Montgomery was an attending breast surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City for over 11 years, where she served as director of the Special Surveillance Breast Program and the director of the Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program.

Triple Negative Breast Cancer is a subtype of breast cancer characterized by tumors that lack the three receptors known to fuel most breast cancers: estrogen, progesterone and HER-­2. As a result, commonly used breast cancer treatments that target these receptors are ineffective in treating TNBC so the need for alternative therapies is great. TNBC accounts for up to 20 percent of all breast cancer cases and disproportionately affects African Americans, Latinas, Ashkenazi women and women with the BRCA gene mutation.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 775-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is now part of one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Hospital rankings – maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2017. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 25 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Northern Trust PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.