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HOSPITAL of the Year! Expanding Cancer Services for the UH Community An exciting new partnership will provide residents throughout Newark and the greater Essex County area with the most advanced cancer care available
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University Hospital in Newark is dedicated to providing excellent patient care in a safe, compassionate environment. It is the principal teaching hospital for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and is one of the nation’s leading academic health centers. It is a model venue for the integration of education and research to promote breakthrough discoveries in health care, and it is the state’s largest graduate medical education site for students studying to become physicians, dentists, nurses, and other health care professionals.

The hospital is a regional resource for advanced services across many medical specialties, including cardiology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, and neurology. It also has special programs, such as the Center for Liver Diseases and Transplantation. University Hospital is the only Level I Trauma Center in northern New Jersey and has a highly trained, award-winning emergency medical services team.

In September, University Hospital announced an exciting new partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey that will provide residents throughout Newark and the greater Essex County area with the most advanced cancer care available.

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital will feature expanded oncology services to augment existing radiation oncology services already provided by Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. It will also include access to clinical trials as well as expanded community outreach and education regarding cancer prevention and early detection.

Following UH’s patient-centered care model, the multidisciplinary team at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital will include medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists; oncology certified nurses; patient navigators; social workers; registered dietitians; pharmacists; and other specially trained support personnel.

“As the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey has a mission to provide patients with advanced care, including clinical trials, some of which are only available at NCI-designated centers,” said Susan Goodin, PharmD, FCCP, BCOP, newly named Interim Director of Rutgers University Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital. “This new partnership with University Hospital will expand access to these novel cancer therapies bringing the latest treatments to all populations in the greater Newark area.”

Mortality rates from some forms of cancer are currently very high in parts of Essex County because people are often diagnosed in the latest stages of disease.

“Now more than ever, we must work together as healthcare leaders to find ways to conquer cancer in our community,” said John N. Kastanis, MBA, FACHE, President and CEO of University Hospital, at the partnership launch event.

The event, held September 20th at UH, was attended by state, local, university and hospital dignitaries including Governor Chris Christie, local Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver, Rutgers University President Robert Barchi, Rutgers RBHS Chancellor Brian Strom, patients and others.

The team at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital will work closely with community partners in the greater Newark area to identify cancer-related needs and develop education, training, and research. These activities will form the basis for future cancer-focused outreach initiatives, which will include creating culturally-sensitive educational materials and improving cancer literacy and communication between patients and healthcare providers.

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