Buffalo Hospital and Virginia Piper Cancer Institute are both part of Allina Health. To achieve designation as a Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, sites must employ a consistent set of standards.
The standards 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 be working toward, the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer® accreditation.
“Having Virginia Piper Cancer Institute recognition allows the community to be assured that the level of cancer care available locally at Buffalo and throughout the Allina system, is at the highest quality level and in accordance with the highest national standards,” said Nicole Hartung, MD, medical oncologist with Minnesota Oncology who sees patients at Allina Medical Clinic – Buffalo and Buffalo Hospital.
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. Clinical experts and experienced caregivers provide oncology care and services across the Allina Health system, and offer expert support to various affiliate locations.