NPF CENTERS of EXCELLENCE
We are currently revising the NPF Centers Program and currently not taking new applications for NPF Centers.
What are NPF Centers
National Pancreas Foundation Centers of Excellence are at premier healthcare facilities that focus on multidisciplinary treatment of pancreas disease, treating the “whole patient” with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life.
Current NPF Centers
To see the list of approved NPF Pancreatitis Centers, please click here.
To see the list of approved NPF Pancreatic Cancer Centers, please click here.
For people coping with pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, 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.
“The newly designated NPF Centers will be of great benefit to the whole community,” said NPF Center Task Force member Dr. Christopher E. Forsmark. “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,” said David Bakelman, CEO of the National Pancreas Foundation.