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Expanding Cancer Network: Hackettstown Community Hospital

Hackettstown Community Hospital has joined the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network, extending Penn's Cancer Network to 29 hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including the northern New Jersey counties of Morris, Sussex and Warren. This relationship provides Hackettstown Community Hospital with the support and expertise of the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, one of the premier cancer centers in the country, in helping Hackettstown build and expand its own cancer program and develop its new $6 million cancer center on its campus.

"This relationship with the Abramson Cancer Center is of great benefit to our hospital and to our entire community," said Gene C. Milton, President & CEO of Hackettstown Community Hospital. "Joining the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network means that we will receive the expert consultation services to create a leading community-based cancer program, ensure access to the latest procedures and clinical trials, and provide our physicians with colleagues to confer about the latest research findings and treatments. This translates into better care for patients in northwestern New Jersey."

When completed, the new cancer center will provide a full range of radiology procedures for diagnosing cancer, such as digital mammography, as well as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and a full range of support services. These services will be located on the first floor of a new medical office building. This building is under construction and will be connected to the hospital. The new Cancer Center is expected to open in the summer 2005.

By joining Penn's Cancer Network, the residents of the tri-county service area will have ready access to the highly specialized clinical services available at the Abramson Cancer Center, as well as more than 200 clinical trials available through Penn. In addition, Penn offers a full range of conferences for physicians, nurses and other health professionals on the latest cancer treatments as well as community outreach programs that focus on early prevention and providing information for those affected by cancer. Through this relationship, the hospital's physicians will be able to consult with Penn cancer specialists about specialized services available at the Abramson Cancer Center.

"Our Cancer Network helps us meet our mission to provide the best possible care to cancer patients and families in this region," said Dr. John H. Glick, director of the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. "By joining together and supporting the efforts of Hackettstown Community Hospital, we have created the right team to help patients in this community receive outstanding care and get treated as quickly as possible."



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 18, January 20, 2004