Another insurance company continues to rate the WVU Cancer Institute Osborn Hematopoietic Malignancy and Transplantation Program as excellent. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in West Virginia recently notified the program that it has received the company’s Blue Distinction Centers for Transplants Designation, which denotes commitment to delivering quality specialty care safely, effectively and cost efficiently. This marks the second consecutive time the Cancer Institute has received the designation from Highmark. “This validates that our program continues to provide superior care,” Sonia Leadmon, oncology quality coordinator at the Cancer Institute Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, said.
The health insurer took into consideration patient volume, transplant quality outcomes and additional accreditations the program has previoulsly received from other agencies.
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.