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Virginia Piper Cancer Institute now serves Mercy Hospital

COON RAPIDS, Minn. 01/23/2014

Mercy Hospital has provided cancer treatment services to the community for more than 20 years. Allina Health proudly announces that the cancer program at Mercy has received Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® designation.

"This designation validates our longstanding promise to patients that they will receive exceptional, high quality cancer care at Mercy Hospital, in collaboration with Minnesota Oncology," said Ryan Else, MD, vice president of Medical Affairs, Mercy Hospital.

Patients who are currently receiving cancer care at Mercy Hospital will soon be able to take advantage of a new, centralized cancer clinic which is set to open in February in the newly constructed Mercy Specialty Center.

"This strategic design brings together services for patients and offers greater convenience," said Noel Laudi, MD, medical oncologist with Minnesota Oncology and medical director of Oncology Services for Mercy.

"Patients will have access to the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute Cancer Clinic and offices for Minnesota Oncology, Minnesota Radiation Oncology and the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute all in the same building."

In order to achieve designation as a Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, sites must employ a consistent set of quality standards. These 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 work toward accreditation from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer®. Mercy currently holds a commendation for its cancer program.

"This designation will enhance the exceptional care already provided by the Mercy cancer care physicians and staff," said Sara Criger, president, Mercy Hospital. "They are to be commended for their efforts to build these services. All of these changes will serve the patients in our community very well."

About Virginia Piper Cancer Institute

The Virginia Piper Cancer Institute provides comprehensive care through all aspects of cancer prevention, early detection and treatment to help individuals maintain quality of life and find ways to live with and beyond cancer. The Institute was founded in 1990 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Both are part of Allina Health.

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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