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New UPMC Cancer Center Dedicated At St. Clair Hospital

PITTSBURGH, November 12, 2002 — Officials from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and St. Clair Hospital joined with cancer survivor artists to dedicate the UPMC Cancer Center at St. Clair Hospital today. Working in tandem with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the new facility offers cancer patients exceptional care and state-of-the art treatments close to home.

The center, located at St. Clair Hospital campus in Mt. Lebanon, features comprehensive cancer services under one roof. This includes medical oncology, the latest in imaging and radiation technology, cancer education and support services as well as artwork created by Pittsburgh-based cancer survivor artists to enhance the compassionate and healing atmosphere of the center.

“The opening of this facility illustrates the commitment of both University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and St. Clair Hospital to serve the people of this community by assuring their access to the highest quality and most technologically advanced care found anywhere in the country,” said John Paul, executive vice president, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Benjamin E. Snead, president and CEO of St. Clair Hospital added, “Both inpatients and outpatients will be cared for and the actual physical connection between the hospital and the cancer center offers patient convenience and better accessibility to all of the health care services they might need during the course of their treatment.”

An advanced form of radiation therapy called intensity modulated radiation therapy, or IMRT, is available at the new center. “IMRT precisely targets radiation to the tumor to treat cancer cells while minimizing the dose of radiation received by healthy tissue that surround the tumor,” said Bob Werner, M.D., medical director of the UPMC Cancer Center at St. Clair Hospital. “IMRT is a truly cutting-edge technology for the treatment of cancer that will provide our patients with the best tools to survive cancer.”

In addition to on-site radiation therapy, the new center also offers patients access to innovative clinical trials in cancer prevention and treatment being conducted by world-renowned researchers at UPCI.

“Through this collaboration, patients at St. Clair Hospital now have access to the benefits of UPCI’s clinical research excellence, and we will have increased opportunities for collaboration with oncologists at one of the area’s most respected community-based hospitals,” said Ronald Herberman, M.D., director of UPCI and the UPMC Cancer Centers.

The UPMC Cancer Center at St. Clair Hospital is one in a network of more than 30 office-based medical oncology practices and regional cancer centers that provide the highest standard of care for patients throughout western Pennsylvania.

St. Clair Hospital is a 314-bed acute care facility located in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. It has served residents from Southern and Western Allegheny County and Northern Washington County for the past 50 years.

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