UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) East was granted a full 3-year accreditation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The accreditation follows an extensive onsite survey and is awarded to institutions that demonstrate a commitment to providing high-quality, multidisciplinary, patient-centered cancer care. To earn voluntary accreditation, an institution must exceed 34 quality-care standards categorized within cancer program activity areas, including program management, clinical services, continuum of care services, patient outcomes, and data quality.
The UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is the region’s only National Cancer Institute–designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and is among the largest cancer networks in the country, with more than 60 locations, including UPMC East. The multidisciplinary team approach provides patients with access to surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists and other cancer specialists—all close to home. Patients also have access to clinical trials, immunotherapies, genetic counseling, and additional support services including nutrition and rehabilitation, focused on improving cancer survivors’ quality of life.
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at UPMC East maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Database, a joint program of the Commission on Cancer and the American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the National Cancer Database and are used to explore trends in cancer care. ■