staying powerCEO LETTER

A Reputation for Quality

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At UHS, we’re proud to offer our community the full range of cancer services, from screening, diagnosis and counseling to all options for treatment and recovery: medication, chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and radiosurgery. This full continuum is backed up by world-class laboratory services for diagnosis, and each person’s care is coordinated by a nurse who navigates the patient through the entire healing process. This includes therapeutic, nutritional and social support as needed.

Our comprehensive approach to cancer care, in which we treat the whole person while seeking to overcome the disease, makes our program one of the best in upstate New York. We are recognized by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons and by other agencies that evaluate the quality of care offered by hospitals and medical centers across the country.  

Our reputation for excellence helps us attract top physicians, surgeons, nurses, therapists and technicians who have taken notice of our outstanding program and want to work here. For example, a new breast and gynecological pathologist has just joined our staff following completion of a fellowship at Yale University’s prestigious medical school.  

Our commitment to quality also makes us the place more and more cancer patients turn to for exceptional care and service. People choose us at the beginning of the process, knowing that Ruth Manzer, RN, OCN, or Melissa Gaska, RN, OCN, CBPN-IC, our cancer nurse coordinators — or one of our other specially trained nurses — will compassionately and efficiently guide them every step of the way.

And whether it’s the CyberKnife Center of New York on our campus or our investment in the latest technology in cancer diagnostics or treatment, we’re working every day to enhance the speed, accuracy and effectiveness of every individual’s journey toward survival. For example, during 2014, we’re introducing digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT, also called 3-D mammography. Funded in part through a generous donation from the UHS Foundation, this advanced imaging equipment produces an amazingly accurate three-dimensional image of the breast. And we’re among the top hospitals that are fine-tuning our ability to turn around mammograms and lab tests faster than ever. This enables providers to make more timely decisions and reduces the length of time patients have to wait for results, reducing anxiety and improving patients’ satisfaction with the entire healthcare experience.

But quality cancer care doesn’t begin with the diagnostic and treatment options available at our healthcare facilities. It starts in the community, where UHS conducts public education programs, launches cancer awareness campaigns, offers information on reducing risk and encourages people to talk with their providers about screenings, tests, preventive measures and lifestyle changes.  

We have long been a leader in the area of smoking cessation, and have also worked with local leaders to further prostate cancer awareness among men. In 2013 and 2014, world-renowned professional golfer Nancy Lopez visited our community to conduct UHS-sponsored golf clinics and help us encourage women to adopt healthy lifestyles. The events drew hundreds of women from throughout the region. And our affiliate, the UHS Foundation, has raised tens of thousands of dollars over the past 10 years through its annual Women Fore Women Golf Classic.

We take our role as a leader in the field of oncology very seriously, and work hard to create for each patient the most effective avenues possible for the best outcomes possible. Our commitment to exceptional cancer care is one way we seek to fulfill our long-standing promise to our community: We listen. We show respect. We give hope. 

 

Matthew J. Salanger
President and CEO of UHS