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West Penn Hospital Unveils $8 Million Investment in Cancer Facilities

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

AHN West Penn Hospital Announces $8 Million Investment in New Facilities for Breast Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer and Hematology/Cell Therapy

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Oct. 8, 2019) -  West Penn Hospital, part of the Allegheny Health Network, has opened three new, state-of-the-art cancer care facilities, an $8 million investment that expands space and provides an enhanced and simplified experience for patients with breast, gynecologic and hematologic cancers.

The new facilities, located in AHN West Penn’s Mellon Pavilion, at 4815 Liberty Ave. in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood, were designed to offer unsurpassed comfort and convenience for patients and their families. They all reflect AHN Cancer Institute’s and AHN Women and Children Institute’s patient-centered philosophy, with comfortable waiting areas, exam and treatment rooms that maximize privacy and décor that is attractive and calming.

The new breast center, led by Angela Keleher, MD, Director of Breast Surgery at AHN, combines all related services into one convenient location, from breast screening to biopsies to office visits. It eliminates inefficiencies to create a better patient experience and facilitate better communication between doctors and patients. It includes two 3-D mammography stations and two ultrasound units.

The new center for hematology and cell therapy includes 12 exam rooms as well as a triage room, procedure room and separate waiting areas for cell transplant patients. To facilitate AHN’s team approach to cancer care, the center offers space for four physicians and other team members to collaborate while in clinic, and a patient education room where caregivers collaboratively discuss treatments with patients. The center is led by John Lister, MD, Director of Hematology and Cell Therapy at AHN.

The new gynecologic oncology facility features expanded exam and waiting rooms, with more spaces available for private consultations. It also features new procedure rooms that offer increased convenience for both inpatients and outpatient visitors. It is conveniently located near the hospital’s medical oncology clinic, facilitating patient access and physician-to-physician communication. The program is led by Thomas Krivak, MD, Director of Gynecologic Oncology at AHN.

Also new at West Penn is Home for Hope, a unique partnership with the local breast cancer advocacy organization Glimmer of Hope. At Home for Hope, breast cancer patients can get complementary therapies such as acupuncture and massage that can lift their spirits and ease their discomfort as they travel through their cancer journeys.

The new cancer care facilities at West Penn are part of a $300 million commitment by Highmark Health and AHN to greatly enhance and expand the leading cancer treatment capabilities of AHN across the western Pennsylvania region.  That investment also includes five new comprehensive community based cancer treatment facilities and a new Cancer Institute Academic Center at AGH that will serve as the nucleus of the organization’s cancer care innovation, research, clinical trials and medical education. This year, AHN has already opened new community cancer centers in Monroeville, Butler County and Beaver County, with additional centers set to open later this year in Erie and Hempfield, Westmoreland County.