NPF Centers of Excellence are premier healthcare facilities that focus on the multidisciplinary treatment of pancreas disease, treating the “whole patient” with a focus on the best possible outcomes and improved quality of life. There are currently over 170 NPF Centers of Excellence throughout the United States.
The program’s catalyst emerged from the patients’ need to find specialists in the field of pancreas disease. NPF guides our patients, families and caregivers to a specialist that can help with not only the diagnosis of pancreas disease, but NPF Centers of Excellence can help with pain management, nutrition information, surgery, and psychosocial support. Our objective is to have the best patient outcomes, which means treating the ‘whole patient.”
Why Were Centers of Excellence Developed?
There are inconsistencies in the level of care received for people coping with pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. The NPF Centers designation help facilitate the development of high-quality, multidisciplinary care approaches for the field. Designated centers also seek to advance research and lead the way for heightened awareness and understanding of pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and related conditions among community physicians, allied health professionals, patients, families, and the public.
How Are Centers Approved?
Approved NPF Centers undergo an extensive auditing process and meet the criteria developed by a task force composed of pancreas disease clinicians and patient advocates. The criteria include 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.
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