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UPMC Cancer Centers And Westmoreland Latrobe Health Partners Announce Expansion Of Cancer Services

PITTSBURGH, December 17, 2004 Leaders from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Westmoreland Latrobe Health Partners today announced the expansion of the Arnold Palmer Pavilion, a member of UPMC Cancer Centers, to encompass all medical and radiation oncology services provided by Frick, Latrobe Area and Westmoreland Regional hospitals. Working in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), the region's only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Arnold Palmer Pavilion will offer cancer patients exceptional care and state-of-the-art treatments throughout Westmoreland County and neighboring communities.

This expansion comes with the restructuring of the joint venture agreement between Latrobe Area Hospital and UPMC Cancer Centers to include radiation and medical oncology services previously offered through the Westmoreland Cancer Center. Beginning Jan.3, these components will be integrated with the Arnold Palmer Pavilion.

All radiation oncology services will now be offered at the Arnold Palmer Pavilion located at Mountain View Medical Park, off Route 30 east of Greensburg, under the clinical direction of Sanjeev Bahri, M.D.

Medical oncology services will be provided at three locations in Westmoreland County: the Arnold Palmer Pavilion, Oakbrook Commons and Mount Pleasant. John Waas, M.D., a new member of the UPMC Cancer Centers team, will join Hyoung Kim, M.D., and Felixberto Lim, M.D., at the offices in Oakbrook Commons and Mount Pleasant. Terry Evans, M.D., medical director of the Arnold Palmer Pavilion, will provide clinical direction for medical oncology at all three locations.

David S. Gallatin, CEO of Westmoreland Latrobe Health Partners, commented that the restructured joint venture builds on the outstanding model initiated by Latrobe Area Hospital and UPMC. "Providing the highest standard of care to patients treated at Frick, Latrobe Area and Westmoreland Regional hospitals remains our mission, and this joint venture with UPMC builds on that foundation. The expansion of the Arnold Palmer Pavilion will result in greater convenience for our patients and enhanced treatment options for those who want to stay in the area to receive the best care available," said Mr. Gallatin.

The restructured joint venture also will offer patients expanded access to innovative clinical trials in cancer prevention and treatment available only at UPMC Cancer Centers. "By collaborating with Westmoreland Latrobe Health Partners, cancer patients throughout Westmoreland County and beyond will have improved access to promising new therapeutic agents that target cancer," said Jeffrey Shogan, M.D., deputy director of business affairs, UPMC Cancer Centers.

One of 43 UPMC Cancer Centers throughout the tri-state region, the Arnold Palmer Pavilion serves as a model for community-based delivery of cancer services. Oncologists at the Arnold Palmer Pavilion work in tandem with more than 2,000 physicians, scientists, administrative staff and other health care professionals dedicated to advancing cancer research at UPCI and patient care at UPMC Cancer Centers.

A diagnostic testing and imaging center located at Mountain View Medical Park serves the Arnold Palmer Pavilion by providing high-field open MRI, PET scanning, CT, ultrasound, mammography, diagnostic radiology and laboratory testing.

The Arnold Palmer Pavilion is named in honor of legendary golfer Arnold Palmer for his longstanding commitment to cancer care and health philanthropy.

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