Jul 27, 2021 3:00 PM

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Author: Ashlee Harrison

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SALT LAKE CITY - Today U.S. News and World Report announced their list of top cancer programs in the nation. Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) was again recognized among the best cancer hospitals, ranking 30th in the country for cancer care.

For this year’s rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 cancer programs. A variety of data points were reviewed, including national reputation, patient outcomes, and access to advanced cancer treatment technologies.

“We are honored to see the quality and impact of the cancer care we provide at Huntsman Cancer Institute again recognized among the top cancer programs in the country,” said Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO of HCI. “While we dream to live in a world free of cancer, it is gratifying to know that, today, patients in the Mountain West have access to the best possible cancer care that is powered by the latest scientific knowledge.”

HCI is the only hospital in the Mountain West to be ranked for cancer care. As the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the region, HCI serves the largest geographic area of any such center. The region spans Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Nevada.

Within cancer, the U.S. News review of HCI's lung cancer surgery and colon cancer surgery programs were found to be “high performing” relative to other hospitals.

“This ranking is a reflection of the commitment of Huntsman Cancer Institute to put our patients and community first,’” said Sachin Apte, MD, MS, MBA, chief clinical officer and physician-in-chief at HCI and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the U of U. “We are grateful to see our cancer care recognized among best in the country. I want to acknowledge our clinical care teams for their role in delivering high quality, compassionate cancer care to our patients.”

U.S. News evaluated several aspects of cancer care to arrive at their list of the best cancer hospitals in the country, noting, “To be nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients.” In their analysis, HCI received the highest possible scores in patient outcomes, patient experience, and access to advanced technologies and services for cancer patients. Status as an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and certification by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy were also factored into the rank as reflections of the high standard of care provided at HCI.

HCI is part of University of Utah (U of U) Health, which was recognized as the top health system in both Utah and the Salt Lake City metro area for the eighth year in a row.

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About Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah is the official cancer center of Utah and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West. The campus includes a state-of-the-art cancer specialty hospital and two buildings dedicated to cancer research. Huntsman Cancer Institute provides patient care, cancer screening, and education at community clinics and affiliate hospitals throughout the Mountain West. It is consistently recognized among the best cancer hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The region’s first proton therapy center opened in 2021 and a major hospital expansion is underway. Huntsman Cancer Institute is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for staff, students, patients, and communities. Advancing cancer research discoveries and treatments to meet the needs of patients who live far away from a major medical center is a unique focus. More genes for inherited cancers have been discovered at Huntsman Cancer Institute than at any other cancer center, including genes responsible for breast, ovarian, colon, head and neck cancers, and melanoma. Huntsman Cancer Institute was founded by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman.

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