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Allina Health establishes Virginia Piper Cancer Institute in Buffalo

MINNEAPOLIS 05/02/2013

Allina Health announced today that the cancer program at Buffalo Hospital has received Virginia Piper Cancer Institute designation and has a new name: Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® - Buffalo.

"This designation validates the excellent cancer care we provide at Buffalo Hospital. Our team treats patients with the same quality and standards as other Virginia Piper Cancer Institute locations, with the benefit of being right here in our own community. We couldn't be more proud," said Corinne Jordan, MD, Specialists in General Surgery, surgeon at Buffalo Hospital and medical advisor at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute.

Buffalo Hospital and Virginia Piper Cancer Institute are both part of Allina Health. To achieve designation as a Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, sites must employ a consistent set of standards. The standards include multidisciplinary care conferences to discuss patient cases, cancer care coordination, on-site or access to genetic counseling services, and adherence to National Comprehensive Cancer Network evidence-based cancer care guidelines. Sites must also have, or be working toward, the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer® accreditation.

"Having Virginia Piper Cancer Institute recognition allows the community to be assured that the level of cancer care available locally at Buffalo and throughout the Allina system, is at the highest quality level and in accordance with the highest national standards," said Nicole Hartung, MD, medical oncologist with Minnesota Oncology who sees patients at Allina Medical Clinic - Buffalo and Buffalo Hospital.

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