Allegheny Health Network Breaks Ground on New Cancer Center in Butler
AHN Cancer Institute - Butler Will Bring Comprehensive Cancer Care Close to Home
BUTLER, Pa. – As part of its commitment to providing world-class cancer care in more convenient, closer-to-home settings for patients throughout the greater Pittsburgh region, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) officially broke ground today on a comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer center in Butler County.
Located in the Pullman Center Business Park, the planned AHN Cancer Institute - Butler facility is part of a previously-announced $225 million investment by Highmark Health and AHN that includes a new academic cancer center facility at Allegheny General Hospital, the establishment of multiple community-based cancer treatment centers, and an expanded relationship with the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, offering enhanced local access to Johns Hopkins’ cancer expertise and clinical trials.
“At AHN, we understand that a cancer patient’s experience and outcome are both enhanced greatly by having access to high-quality, comprehensive clinical and support services under one roof and in a location that is the most convenient to them and their families,” said Cynthia Hundorfean, AHN’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited to bring this outstanding level of cancer care to our patients who live and work in Butler County.”
As the U.S. population continues to grow older and more diverse, the number of cancer diagnoses is rising. About 1.7 million new cancer cases – 81,000 in Pennsylvania alone - are expected to be diagnosed in 2018, a two percent hike from 2015, according to the American Cancer Society. In addition, the number of cancer survivors in the U.S. is expected to rise to from 15.5 million to 20.3 million in 2026.
The need for better cancer screening, treatment and surveillance will increase accordingly.
“In Pennsylvania, about 80 percent of new cancer diagnoses happen outside Allegheny and Philadelphia counties,” said David Parda, MD, Chair, AHN Cancer Institute. “Investing in more services to care for our patients closer to where they live is the foundation of our commitment to addressing the escalating cancer care needs of the western Pennsylvania community in the most effective and affordable manner, today and in the future .”
AHN Cancer Institute – Butler is expected to open in early 2019 and will employ approximately 20 health care professionals.
Designed to support a patient-centered care model, the 34,000 square foot, two story facility will provide a wide array of clinical and support services, including state-of-the-art radiation oncology capabilities, medical oncology and infusion therapy, nutritional counseling, social services and access to clinical trials. The centers will use natural light and soft colors to create a calming atmosphere for patients and their families, with quiet exam rooms and comfortable waiting areas.
The Pullman Business Park location was chosen for its proximity to the greatest number of patients, availability of parking, access to high-volume traffic routes, and potential for future expansion, if needed.
AHN Cancer Institute provides world-class cancer expertise and programs at the network’s seven hospitals and more than 50 Cancer Institute clinics that serve patients from western Pennsylvania, Erie, West Virginia and Ohio. Certified by the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI), reflecting a high performance level in all areas of its cancer program, AHN is also the only regional cancer center accredited by the American College of Radiology and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer. AHN hospitals have also achieved 97 to 98 percent compliance with best practices for cancer care – compared to just 90 percent statewide – as reported by the Commission on Cancer’s Cancer Program Practice Profile Reports.
AHN’s expanded partnership with Johns Hopkins gives the region’s residents additional access to one of the world’s foremost cancer treatment and research institutions, one that shares AHN’s commitment to value-based, patient-centered care that improves outcomes and reduces costs.
AHN is now part of the Johns Hopkins Clinical Trial Network, significantly increasing the number of cancer clinical trials available locally to patients.