The National Pancreas Foundation Announces the Designation of 9 Additional Centers for Pancreatitis

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The National Pancreas Foundation Announces the Designation of Nine Additional NPF Centers for the Care and Treatment of Pancreatitis

BETHESDA, MD – October 28, 2016 – The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF), a nonprofit organization that provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, announces the designation of 9 additional National Pancreas Foundation Centers for the treatment of pancreatitis. NPF Centers are at premier healthcare facilities that focus on multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatitis, treating the “whole patient” with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life.

For people coping with pancreatitis or other pancreatic disorders today, there are inconsistencies in the level of care they receive. The NPF Centers designation will help facilitate the development of high-quality, multidisciplinary care approaches for the field. Designated centers will also seek to advance research and lead the way for heightened awareness and understanding of pancreatitis and related conditions among community physicians, allied health professionals, patients, families and the general public.

Approved NPF Centers had to go through an extensive auditing process and meet the criteria that were developed by a task force made up of invited subject matter experts and patient advocates. The criteria includes having the required expert physician specialties such as gastroenterologists, pancreas surgeons, and interventional radiologists, along with more patient focused programs such as a pain management service, psychosocial support and more. For a full listing of the criteria, please visit the NPF website.

“The newly designated NPF Centers will be of great benefit to the whole community,” said Matthew Alsante, Executive Director of the National Pancreas Foundation. “Having the NPF Center designation will help distinguish institutions whose focus is on patient centered care either for the treatment of their disease or to get an expert second opinion. NPF Centers will also help to increase awareness of important NPF programs such as the National Patient Registry, the Animated Pancreas Patient and be a vital cog in the sharing and development of best practices,”

For more information about the National Pancreas Foundation, please visit www.pancreasfoundation.org.

The 9 designated National Pancreas Foundation Centers are:

Carolinas Medical Center
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Cleveland Clinic
KentuckyOne Health – Jewish Hospital
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Pancreas Disease Center, North Shore University Hospital, Northwell Health System
Weill Cornell Medicine – NewYork-Presbyterian
University of Virginia Health System

About The National Pancreas Foundation 

Founded in 1997, the National Pancreas Foundation provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer through funding cutting-edge research, advocating for new and better therapies and providing support and education for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals. The NPF is the only foundation dedicated to patients suffering from all forms of pancreas disease. For more information visit: www.pancreasfoundation.org

Media Contacts

Matthew Alsante, Executive Director, National Pancreas Foundation, (866) 726-2737, malsante@pancreasfoundation.org.

NPF Centers for Pancreatitis Press Release