Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute LVH–Pocono 2019 Statistical Report
As the newest member of Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute, the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono is pleased to issue its annual statistical report about cancer care provided to people in Monroe and Pike counties, as well as communities throughout the region.
In January 2017, Pocono Medical Center merged with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) to become Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono, building on more than 90 years of providing high quality health care “close to home.” LVHN’s mission “to heal, comfort, and care for the members of our communities…” is consistent with the community-focused traditions of Pocono Health System. The Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center was opened in June 2012 and is a 58,000 square foot comprehensive cancer center seeing over 600 analytic cancer cases annually.
Highlights in the LVH–Pocono Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute 2019 Statistical Report:
Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance – In June 2018, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance Partnership was extended to LVH–Pocono at the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center. Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute became the second member of the MSK Alliance in 2016 and also provides the Alliance’s advanced oncology care at LVH–Cedar Crest and LVH–Muhlenberg. Teams of oncology specialists from both health care organizations reviewed processes and clinical standards from across six disease specialties and disciplines within Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute – melanoma, breast, colon, endometrial, lung and prostate – to ensure alignment with MSK standard of care.
Mobile mammography coach – Our mobile mammography coach features the same imaging technology used in our facilities, and now our expertise can be extended to workplaces and the community. Throughout the year more than 1,800 women were screened on the coach at more than 52 different locations throughout the region.
Gynecologic oncology service expansion – Christine Kim, MD, joined the expert gynecologic oncology team of M. Bijoy Thomas, MD, and Martin Martino, MD, and sees patients at Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center at LVH–Pocono and Cancer Center at LVH–Muhlenberg. Kim is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She trained in a gynecologic oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and brings years of experience treating women with complex cancers.