St.Vincent Designated as One of Five National Community Resource Centers for Patients with Rare Cancers

Jen Dial

INDIANAPOLIS – St.Vincent Cancer Care and Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent have been designated as one of five Community Resource Centers (CRC) in the nation by the Association of Community Cancers Centers (ACCC) for patients with small-population or rare cancers.

The ACCC program, Improving Quality Care in Small-Population Cancers, gives community-based cancer care providers the information they need to better care for patients with rare cancers. These cancers include Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), Multiple Myeloma (MM), and Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL). The program seeks to raise awareness among the public and healthcare providers about the challenges presented by these rare diseases.

"St.Vincent Cancer Care and Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent are honored to be named one of five community resource centers by the ACCC," said Dr. Niraj Gupta, chairman for oncology and hematology with St.Vincent Cancer Care. "We strive hard to provide personalized, quality care to patients and their families in all stages of fighting cancer."

CRCs are ACCC Cancer Program members who have experience treating patients with rare cancers and who can serve as resources and mentors for other community-based cancer programs. CRCs work together in conjunction with ACCC member programs to offer guidance and additional support when treating patients with uncommon cancers.

St.Vincent Cancer Care and Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent received the CRC designation after the ACCC survey results concluded that the faith-based hospital offers exemplary services for managing rare cancers. The survey results demonstrated that the cancer care provided at St.Vincent and the Children's Hospital offer effective strategies and innovative tools for patients with these rare diseases.

In addition, in 2011, the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program (NQMBC) recognized the St.Vincent Breast Centers at Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers and the St.Vincent Mobile Screening Services, as Certified Quality Breast Centers of Excellence. This is the highest certification level available from NQMBC. St.Vincent was the first healthcare institution in Central Indiana, and one of only 11 in the United States at the time to receive this distinction.

Other distinctions of St.Vincent Cancer Care include the St.Vincent Mobile Screening Van where uninsured and underinsured women receive free mammograms. St.Vincent was also one of the first hospitals in Indiana to offer multidisciplinary conferences in which physicians and clinical experts from every cancer discipline meet to discuss and determine the most evidence-based and customized course of treatment for patients. This approach ensures the best possible treatment regime for patients and prevents patients from having to travel from specialist to specialist.

St.Vincent Cancer Care also offers cancer patients a patient navigator who ensures continuity of care throughout their cancer journey by guiding and supporting patients and their loved ones from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. The navigators offer clinical and psychosocial support, coordinate transition from active treatment to post-treatment survivorship planning, individualized services based on patients' needs, be a patient's advocate, provide onsite support groups and educational programs and more.

For more information about St.Vincent Cancer Care, visit ourfightagainstcancer.com and more information about cancer care at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent visit http://peytonmanning.stvincent.org/.

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St.Vincent Hospitals and Health Services
Driven by the faith of four Daughters of Charity who arrived in Indianapolis in 1881 with $34.77 in their pockets, the St.Vincent Hospital mission is to treat the poor and sick by following our Core Values of Service of the Poor, Reverence, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity and Dedication. Our healthcare ministry has grown to include seven Centers of Excellence: Women's, Children's, Orthopedics, Cardiovascular, Neuroscience, Cancer Care and Bariatrics. The ageless mission of St.Vincent remains unchanged: to minister to the minds, bodies and spirits of those in need.

Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent
Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent was founded on delivering family-centered care for all pediatric patients throughout Indiana. The dedicated children's hospital has grown to more than 300 pediatric specialists, 46 inpatient beds, 15 beds in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and 17 private rooms in the Hilbert Pediatric Emergency Department. The array of pediatric specialists and clinical staff at the comprehensive children's hospital provide the highest quality of care in emergency medicine, cancer and blood diseases, general surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, pulmonology, otolaryngology, rehabilitation and endocrinology.