Hackensack University Medical Center Earns

National Pancreas Foundation Center Designation

 City, State – June 16, 2021 – HackensackUMC has been nationally recognized as an approved NPF Center by the National Pancreas Foundation. NPF Centers are awarded after a rigorous audit review to determine that an institution’s focus is on multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatic cancer, treating the “whole patient” with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life.

“We are honored that HackensackUMC has been designated as an NPF Center of Excellence for the treatment of pancreatic cancer,” said Mark Sparta, Hospital CEO.  “Having the NPF Center designation will help distinguish HackensackUMC as an institution whose focus is on providing the best and most innovative care possible.”

“We are thrilled to expand our NPF Centers of Excellence Program to better serve the needs of patients suffering from pancreas disease,” said David Bakelman, CEO of the National Pancreas Foundation.  “The NPF Centers of Excellence Program is one of the pillars of NPF, and we are looking forward to working with our current and new Centers.”

An approved NPF Center has to meet the criteria that were developed by a task force made up of invited subject matter experts and patient advocates. The criteria includes having the 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.

“As Chief of Gastroenterology, I am very proud of this achievement,” states Dr. Rosario Ligresti.  “This award is certainly validation of our entire team’s delivery of excellent patient care.”

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About The National Pancreas Foundation

Founded in 1997, the National Pancreas Foundation provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer through funding cutting-edge research, advocating for new and better therapies and providing support and education for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals. The NPF is the only foundation dedicated to patients suffering from all forms of pancreas disease. For more information visit:

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 David Bakelman, CEO, National Pancreas Foundation:

Congratulations on becoming an NPF Center of Excellence (CoE) – we welcome our new Centers and our renewed Centers of Excellence:

Institution  Location (City, State) Cancer/Pancreatitis Clinical/Academic/Peds Renewal/New App
Moffitt Cancer Center Tampa, FL Cancer Academic New App
Florida Center for Pancreas Disease Fort Myers, FL Cancer Clinical New App
Keck Medical Center of University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Cancer Academic New App
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Seattle, WA Cancer Academic New App
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston, MA Cancer Academic Renewal
Keck Medical Center of University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Pancreatitis Academic New App
Hackensack Medical Center/John Theurer Cancer Center Hackensack, NJ Cancer  Clinical  Renewal
UC San Diego Health La Jolla, CA Cancer Clinical Renewal

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