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.
David McDonald, 55, of Morgantown, didn’t expect a cancer diagnosis when he brought up some symptoms he had been having during a doctor’s appointment for stomach pain. He mentioned to his doctor that he had been having some rectal bleeding, and his family doctor sent him for further tests to find the cause.
School of Public Health students are collecting items for an Infant/Toddler Supplies Drive through April 17 to benefit The Shack Neighborhood House.
This year marks the 25th anniversary for the program which starts on Monday, April 15 and runs through Tuesday, July 23. “Last year we had over 4,700 people participate,” said Dave Harshbarger, wellness manager for WVU Medicine making Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days® the largest exercise program in the state.