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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is the highest ranked cancer hospital in New England and fifth in the country, according to a U.S. News & World Report
survey. The rankings, now available online, will be published in the
magazine's annual America's Best Hospitals guide, which will appear in
the August issue.
"We are honored that Dana-Farber continues to be recognized as one of
the country's leading cancer institutions," said Edward J. Benz, Jr.,
MD, president of Dana-Farber. "This achievement reflects the commitment
of our caregivers, scientists, staff, board members, and all those who
generously support our work. Together we strive to alleviate the burden
U.S. News & World Report publishes the hospital guide
each year as a reference for patients who are reviewing their medical
care options. "When the stakes are high, you want the best care you can
get for someone close to you," said Avery Comarow, health rankings
editor at U.S. News. "These are hospitals that are used to getting the sickest patients."
RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC, compiled all hospital
data and generated the 2009 rankings. In addition to cancer, the guide
ranks medical facilities in 15 other specialties. The overall score is
based on professional reputation, mortality rates, patient safety, and a
grouping of care-related factors such as nursing and patient services.
Dana-Farber provides adult oncology care in partnership with
Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, a comprehensive service
that combines the expertise of Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's
Hospital. Dana-Farber's extensive pediatric oncology services are
offered in conjunction with Children's Hospital Boston through
Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Care.
Dana-Farber's commitment to provide the best cancer care possible
extends beyond its main campus in Boston's Longwood Medical Area.
Dana-Farber has established three centers outside Boston to help address
an increase in patient volume and to allow patients to receive
world-class Dana-Farber care and resources in their own communities, and
will be opening a fourth center this fall.
Dana-Farber opened its first satellite center, Dana-Farber/Brigham
and Women's Cancer Center at Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain, Mass.
in June 2006. The 13,000-square foot center offers expanded space for
infusion, exams, reception, and support services such as social work and
The Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center at Milford Regional
Medical Center in Milford, Mass. opened Jan. 2008. The 54,000-square
foot, two-floor center provides comprehensive cancer services, including
radiation therapy and imaging, medical oncology, and support services,
such as social work and nutrition.
In December 2008, Dana-Farber partnered with New Hampshire
Oncology-Hematology, PA to open Dana-Farber/New Hampshire
Oncology-Hematology in Londonderry, NH. In addition to medical oncology
services, the facility offers clinical trials, pain management and
palliative care, genetic screening, a resource room, social work,
nutritional counseling, and a survivorship program. Other services
provided within the unit will include a boutique and complementary
This October, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center in
clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital will open a center in
South Weymouth, Mass. Residents south of Boston will be able to get
sophisticated, comprehensive cancer care in one place — including
diagnostic imaging, innovative medical treatments and radiation therapy,
consultations with surgical oncology specialists, and integrative and
"Establishing these centers outside Boston is critical in helping us
meet an important facet of our mission — and that of the National Cancer
Institute — which is to ensure that cancer patients receive the best
possible care regardless of where they live," said Benz.
Dana-Farber will open the new state-of-the-art Yawkey Center for
Cancer in 2011. Designed in consultation with patients and families, the
Yawkey Center will retain Dana-Farber's trademark compassionate,
family-centered, and innovative care, and create an environment that
fosters healing. The 14-story building will add 275,000 square feet of
clinical space, as well as seven underground levels for parking. With
100 exam rooms, 150 infusion chairs, and 15 patient and family
consultation rooms, the Yawkey Center will streamline patient services
and provide flexible, comfortable space.
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