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Allina Health establishes Virginia Piper Cancer Institute in River Falls

RIVER FALLS, Wis. 08/15/2013

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

"For years, the Rivers Cancer Center at River Falls Area Hospital has provided exceptional, accredited cancer care. While the designation means a name change, it also means continued high-quality cancer care. The hospital, River Falls Medical Clinic and Minnesota Oncology staffs have partnered together to provide superior care to our patients," said David R. Miller, president of River Falls Area Hospital.

River Falls Area 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.

"The Virginia Piper Cancer Institute is renowned for excellence in cancer care. This is an opportunity for us to offer patients an even broader scope of services close to home," said Thomas Johnson, MD, Medical Director Virginia Piper Cancer Institute - River Falls Area Hospital.

About River Falls Area Hospital

River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, is a not-for-profit regional medical center committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in western Wisconsin - from disease prevention to innovative diagnostic and treatment services for simple to complex medical conditions. The hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, cancer care and emergency care services.

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services

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