AHN Cancer Institute - Beaver Opens, Bringing Comprehensive Cancer Care to the Community
Monday, May 13, 2019
$21 Million, 34,000 Square Foot Facility Gives Cancer Patients from Beaver County and Surrounding Areas One-Stop Access to Advanced Clinical Care and Support
CENTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. (May 13, 2019) – Allegheny Health Network (AHN) today cut the ribbon to a state-of-the-art, comprehensive cancer center that brings the world-class care of AHN’s Cancer Institute to the Beaver County community.
Located in Center Township just behind the Beaver Valley Mall, AHN Cancer Institute - Beaver is part of a $300 million investment in cancer services by Highmark Health and AHN that includes a new academic cancer center at Allegheny General Hospital, and multiple new community-based cancer treatment facilities.
“At AHN, we are building the future of health care and keeping the patient at the center of every decision and investment we make,” said Cynthia Hundorfean, AHN’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “AHN Cancer Institute-Beaver brings high-quality, comprehensive cancer care to a location that is most convenient to our patients and their families, and we look forward to the tremendous difference it will make for all who require its services.”
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 – 80,000 in Pennsylvania alone - are expected to be diagnosed in 2019, according to the American Cancer Society. In addition, there are nearly 17 million cancer survivors in the United States today, with that number expected to rise to nearly 22 million by 2029, according to the National Cancer Institute. The need for better cancer screening, treatment and surveillance will increase accordingly.
“We are bringing the same cancer-fighting capabilities that we offer at our urban, flagship hospitals to local communities, because we believe that patients have better outcomes overall – clinically, emotionally and financially – when they have close-to-home access to the high-quality care they need, regardless of where they live,” said David Parda, MD, Chair, AHN Cancer Institute.
Designed to support a patient-centered care model, AHN’s new 34,000 square foot, two-story cancer center provides 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 cancer clinical trials. The center’s décor uses natural light and soft colors to create a calming atmosphere for patients and their families, with quiet exam rooms and comfortable waiting areas.
AHN Cancer Institute - Beaver employs approximately 60 people. The facility is the network’s third new community cancer center to open this year, following the opening of the AHN Forbes Outpatient Center in Monroeville in February and AHN Cancer Institute – Butler in March. New centers in Erie and Hempfield, Westmoreland County, will open later this year.
AHN is also building a new Academic Cancer Center at Allegheny General Hospital that will serve as a base for education, research, clinical trials, and care coordination among experts throughout the community cancer network and academic centers at AGH, West Penn Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. AHN’s expanded relationship with Johns Hopkins offers patients at all 23 AHN Cancer Institute treatment locations throughout the region streamlined access to second opinions, and hundreds of clinical trials.