Lehigh Valley, Pa.,
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Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute receives $100,000 grant from the Highmark Foundation

The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is pleased to announce that the Highmark Foundation has awarded Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) a $100,000 grant in support of a Head and Neck Cancer Clinical Nurse Navigator.

“A diagnosis of any cancer is scary, but especially head and neck cancer which can be a maze and provide a sense that you are alone in the battle,” said Suresh Nair, MD, Physician In Chief of The Cancer Institute. “The addition of a Clinical Nurse Navigator for our patients provides the knowledge, skill and perseverance to help our patients find hope and fight cancer. This position will help patients connect the dots.”

Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook says Lehigh Valley Health Network is on the cutting edge of providing patients with support from clinical nurse navigators. She recognizes the value of providing experienced oncology-certified nurses to help patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options, to help reduce anxiety and enhance patient care. “The Foundation is confident this investment in care will translate into better patient outcomes,” Cook said. “This grant is a great example of how the Highmark Foundation funds programs and innovations that address the most prevalent chronic diseases facing the regions it serves."

The Head and Neck Cancer team at LVHN, includes Hasan Danish, MD, radiation oncology; Robert Prosnitz, MD, radiation oncology, Brian Patson, MD, medical oncology, Chetan Nayak, MD, otolaryngology and Cynthia Smith, RN, OCN Clinical Nurse Navigator.

“We are extremely grateful to the Highmark Foundation for its support of our Multidisciplinary Head and Neck program,” said Patricia Shearburn, RN, MSN, ACON, Administrator, Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute. “We are committed to provide a comprehensive program which includes increased access and care coordination to facilitate improved outcomes.”

About the Highmark FoundationThe Highmark Foundation is a private, charitable organization that supports initiatives and programs aimed at improving community health. The Foundation's mission is to improve the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals who reside in the communities served by Highmark Inc., and its subsidiaries and affiliates. We fulfill our mission by awarding high-impact grants to charitable organizations that implement evidence-based programs. Central to the Foundation’s mission is identifying and continuously re-evaluating our region’s prevailing health needs. By doing so, the Foundation remains at the forefront of those needs, well equipped to pinpoint issues that most urgently need support. For more information, visit www.highmarkfoundation.org.

About LVHN

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 26 health centers caring for communities in seven counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices and 18 ExpressCARE locations throughout the region including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE at the Health Center at Palmer Township; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, orthopedics, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and the Lehigh Valley Institute for Special Surgery give clinicians of the highest caliber the necessary infrastructure, programs and partnerships to help community members stay healthy and provide the most advanced treatment when needed. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer in community health care settings, including access to key MSK clinical trials. Robotic surgery is offered in ten specialties across the health network with more than 10,000 procedures performed since 2007. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital and Level 4 NICU in the region, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest has been recognized among the top five hospitals in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report for for five consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet hospitals for excellence in nursing. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook and Twitter.