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National Pancreas Foundation & DHMC

The Walter & Carole Young Pancreas Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock has been named one of thirty designated National Pancreas Foundation Centers

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National Pancreas Foundation Centers. The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) is a nonprofit organization that provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. NPF Centers are at premier healthcare facilities that focus on multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatitis, treating the "whole patient" with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life.

For people coping with pancreatitis or other pancreatic disorders today, there are inconsistencies in the level of care they receive. The NPF Centers designation will help facilitate the development of high-quality, multidisciplinary care approaches for the field. Designated centers will also seek to advance research and lead the way for heightened awareness and understanding of pancreatitis and related conditions among community physicians, allied health professionals, patients, families and the general public.

As an approved NPF Centers we had to go through an extensive auditing process and meet all the criteria that were developed by a task force made up of invited subject matter experts and patient advocates. That criteria included having required expert physician specialties such as gastroenterologists, pancreas surgeons, and interventional radiologists, along with more patient focused programs such as a pain management service, psychosocial support and more.

"The newly designated NPF Centers will be of great benefit to the whole community," said NPF Center Task Force member Dr. Christopher E. Forsmark. "Having the NPF Center designation will help distinguish institutions whose focus is on patient centered care either for the treatment of their disease or to get an expert second opinion."

"NPF Centers will also help to increase awareness of important NPF programs such as the National Patient Registry, the Animated Pancreas Patient and be a vital cog in the sharing and development of best practices," said Matthew Alsante, Executive Director of the National Pancreas Foundation. "In addition to pancreatitis, phase II of this project will also introduce NPF Centers with a focus on treating pancreatic cancer.”

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