Hackensack University Medical Center and John Theurer Cancer Center Named National Pancreas Foundation Center for the Treatment and Care of Patients with Pancreatic Cancer

September 14, 2016

Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC), a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, and John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC) have been designated a National Pancreas Foundation Center for the treatment and care of patients with pancreatic cancer (NPF Center) by the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF), a nonprofit organization that provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.

“Congratulations to the entire Pancreas Center team on receiving this prestigious accolade.  Together with both John Theurer Cancer Center and HackensackUMC, we have developed a center of excellence dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of pancreatic diseases,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president, HackensackUMC.

HackensackUMC was named among 27 other NPF Centers at premier health care facilities across the country that focus on multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatic cancer, treating the “whole patient” with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life.

“This designation truly solidifies the exceptional care and expertise we provide for these complicated and often life-threatening disorders,” said Rosario J. Ligresti, M.D., FASGE, chief, Division of Gastroenterology and co-director, Pancreas Center at HackensackUMC.

The NPF Center designation recognizes the development of high-quality, multidisciplinary care approaches for the field. Designated centers also are involved in advance research and lead the way for heightened awareness and understanding of pancreatic cancer among community physicians, allied health professionals, patients, families and the general public.

To become an approved NPF Center, there is an extensive auditing process and strict criteria developed by a task force made up of invited subject matter experts and patient advocates. The criteria include having the required expert physician specialties such as oncologists, gastroenterologists, pancreas surgeons, clinical trials, palliative care, and interventional radiologists, along with more patient focused programs such as a pain management service, psychosocial support and more.

The Pancreas Center at HackensackUMC and JTCC provides diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of pancreatic diseases including pancreatic cancer, pre-malignant lesions of the pancreas, including cystic lesions, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), pancreatic pseudocysts and various other uncommon pancreatic entities.  The highly specialized team offers early detection and treatment of pancreatic tumors; minimally invasive treatment of pancreatic tumors, both malignant and pre-malignant; diagnosis and treatment of common and uncommon causes of pancreatitis; treatment of complications of pancreatitis, including necrosis and pseudocysts; and pain management and palliative therapy.  For more information about the Pancreas Center visit: hackensackumc.org/pancreascenter.

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, 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 a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s2016-17 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. HackensackUMC 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. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 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. HackensackUMC 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. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.

About The National Pancreas Foundation
Founded in 1997, the National Pancreas Foundation provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer through funding cutting-edge research, advocating for new and better therapies and providing support and education for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals. The NPF is the only foundation dedicated to patients suffering from all forms of pancreas disease. For more information visit: www.pancreasfoundation.org.