The Lebo-DeSantie Center for
Liver and Pancreatic Disease
A Unique Approach to HPB Diseases
For patients diagnosed with complex Hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) diseases, there is hope at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. The Lebo-DeSantie Center for Liver and Pancreatic Disease has developed a unique, effective and holistic approach to treating patients with HPB diseases, both benign and malignant.
The Lebo-DeSantie Center’s multi-disciplinary approach utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment modalities to care for a wide variety of gastrointestinal disorders. Expert gastroenterologists, radiologists, endocrinologists, surgeons, oncologists and pathologists work collaboratively to create a comprehensive treatment plan unique to the individual needs of each patient.
The Lebo-DeSantie Center for Liver and Pancreatic Disease was established in 2010 to support the increasing complexity of patients with Hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) diseases, both benign and malignant.
There are approximately 79,000 new cases of HPB cancer diagnosed annually in the United States. This includes 44,000 pancreas cancer cases, 26,000 liver cancer cases and 9,000 gallbladder and biliary cancer cases.
Let us coordinate your care
Patients with complex HPB disease often have difficulty gaining timely access to the multiple expert opinions necessary to maximize their outcomes. At St. Vincent’s Medical Center, our HPB cancer nurse navigator is there to help guide patients through the diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.
Comprehensive care with state of the art technology
As part of our gastrointestinal cancer multidisciplinary program, complex HPB cases are discussed individually by our multidisciplinary team of experts including gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, interventional radiologists, surgeons, nursing and support staff, all of whom specialize in HPB disease. Once a care plan is recommended, the patient meets with the team members who coordinate their care to minimize unnecessary visits and testing.
An integral part of the Lebo-DeSantie Center for Liver and Pancreatic Disease multidisciplinary team includes the Connecticut Liver & Pancreas Surgical Associates. This St. Vincent's multi-specialty group provide comprehensive care for a wide variety of gastrointestinal disorders. Surgeons Dr. Randall Zuckerman, Dr. Christine Van Cott and Dr. Stuart Marcus utilize a variety of state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment modalities for patients with complex benign liver, biliary and pancreatic disease as well as primary or metastatic tumors of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and biliary system. Learn more about the surgeons and services of the Connecticut Liver and Pancreas Surgical Associates.
Compassionate care is our mission
You will always be treated with compassion and with the philosophy of treating the whole person – mind, body and spirit – not just the disease. Compassionate care is our mission.
An inaugural benefit, “A Night of Music” was held in 2010 to raise funds for the Lebo-DeSantie Center for Liver and Pancreatic Disease. The evening proved a huge success and has become an annual event with proceeds supporting the center.
The Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care
The Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care is accredited with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
Criteria for accreditation include a relationship with the American Cancer Society (ACS)
and a representative from the ACS is a member of our Hospital Committee on Cancer. In addition St. Vincent’s Medical Center is recognized for excellence as follows:
- American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC): Received Outstanding Achievement Award with Accreditation 2012.
- National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC): Accredited for the second time as a Breast Center of Excellence.
- St. Vincent’s Medical Center announced Nov. 19, 2012 that it has become one of only three hospitals in Connecticut to achieve Magnet recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center
- In 2013, for the second year in a row, St. Vincent’s has received an “A” Hospital Safety Score ™ from the Leapfrog Group; only one of four hospitals in the state.
- U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey in 2013 ranked St. Vincent’s as the #1 hospital in both Bridgeport and in the Western Connecticut region.
In 2013, St. Vincent’s Medical Center affiliated with MD Anderson Cancer Network™. Through this affiliation, St. Vincent’s is raising the bar for cancer care in collaboration with the nation’s leading cancer center. This puts St. Vincent’s in a position to bring to the Northeast a unique level of access to the evidence based guidelines, treatment plans and best practices developed by the experts at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Click here for additional information about specific cancers listed by ACS, and call the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care's referral line: 1-877-231-SWIM (7946) for more information.
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