Congratulations to our Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) team! The Cigna LifeSOURCE Transplant Network has rated the WVU Cancer Institute Osborn Hematopoietic Malignancy and Transplantation Program a Program of Excellence once again. Cigna, an insurance company WVU contracts with that allows patients to be transplanted at our facility, based the excellence designation on specific criteria and guidelines, including number and types of transplants, patient survival and disease status. “This validates that our program provides superior care,” says Sonia Leadmon, oncology quality coordinator at the Cancer Institute’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. WVU has been rated a Cigna Program of Excellence every year since 2014 and has received excellence designations from several other insurance companies for its BMT program.
Several members of the WVU women’s basketball team made a surprise visit to the WVU Cancer Institute Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center this past week. It was an opportunity for them to talk with patients in the infusion center and present each with a silk rose. “We wanted to show our appreciation of what they are going through, and let them know that they aren’t alone,” said Lucky Rudd, a recent recruit to the Mountaineer team. “I hope our visit will brighten their day, if only temporarily,” said Chania Ray, #12 and a guard for the Mountaineers. Patients said it was very nice of the players to take time out to visit with them. Several patients, like Donald Bower, had their pictures taken with them. “I appreciate the rose, and plan to give it to my wife to enjoy as well,” Bower said.