WILLIAMSPORT — Staff from UPMC Susquehanna recently celebrated UPMC Susquehanna’s Cancer Centers becoming part of the world-renowned UPMC Hillman Cancer Center network.

UPMC Susquehanna’s cancer centers at UPMC Williamsport Regional Medical Center, Divine Providence Campus and UPMC Susquehanna Soldiers + Sailors join more than 60 others that are part of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center network, one of the largest integrated cancer networks in the United States and one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. The centers will now be known as UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Wellsboro.

“UPMC Hillman Cancer Center stands for unsurpassed excellence in cancer care and we’re proud to now be UPMC Hillman Cancer Centers,” said Michelle Gaida, executive director, Cancer Care Services, UPMC Susquehanna. “We’re taking the battle against cancer to the next level, building on our mission of providing world-class care for patients close to home. As UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, we’re giving patients increased access to renowned cancer specialists, cutting-edge research in immunotherapy, more than 300 leading-edge clinical trials, and the most advanced technology for detection and treatment.”

“We believe that cancer patients should receive their treatment as close to home as possible,” said Stephanie Dutton, chief operating officer at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. “That’s why for many years, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center has focused establishing quality cancer centers in many locations, including Susquehanna, so that patients can receive the highest quality of cancer care no matter where they live.” The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute was founded in 1985, primarily as a research institution. In 2002, UPMC opened the first Hillman Cancer Center adjacent to UPMC Shadyside, to bring cancer specialists from 12 UPMC hospitals together to provide services in one convenient location. From those humble beginnings, Hillman Cancer Center has expanded to include 33 medical oncology centers, 21 radiation oncology centers, six dual medical and radiation oncology centers, and four international centers and partnerships. In the U.S., UPMC Hillman Cancer Center treats more than 110,000 patients (20,000 on treatment at any given time) and sees more than 37,000 new patients annually.

“Our cancer centers in Williamsport and Wellsboro are known for the quality services we provide in our region. As UPMC Hillman Cancer Centers, we’re bringing life-changing cancer treatment and care to northcentral Pennsylvania,” said Steven P. Johnson, president, UPMC Susquehanna. “UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is internationally recognized for its leadership in the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. As the preeminent institution in Pennsylvania for the delivery of cancer care, the performance of basic, translational, and clinical research, and the education of the next generation of cancer researchers and physicians, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is exceptionally well positioned to contribute to the local, national, and global effort to reduce the burden of cancer.”

This announcement comes just six months after UPMC and UPMC Susquehanna announced the planned expansion project at UPMC Williamsport Regional Medical Center, Divine Providence Campus. The project will transform and expand the current center into an all-new facility. The expansion, comprised of a complete remodel with added space and a completely new patient-centric footprint, will include physician exam rooms, open chemotherapy bays, private chemotherapy rooms, and additional office and support space designed to help improve the patient experience.

To learn more about UPMC Hillman Cancer Centers, visit UPMCHillman.com.

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