CONTACT: TOM MOORE
8798 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Dec. 6, 2000
Holden Cancer Center at UI receives highest designation
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Just a few months after being named
a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated Cancer Center, the Holden Cancer
Center at the University of Iowa has achieved further recognition: NCI Comprehensive
Cancer Center status. Based on this additional honor, the Center will now
be known as the "Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa."
"Becoming an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center
is the highest honor a cancer center can receive from the National Cancer
Institute," said George Weiner, M.D., director of the Holden Comprehensive
Cancer Center. "This designation places us in the top tier of cancer centers
across the nation."
The NCI has two major conditions that must be met before
an NCI-designated cancer center can become an NCI-designated comprehensive
cancer center. First, a comprehensive cancer center must have broad expertise
in basic, clinical and population-based cancer research and integrate these
research programs to draw strength from each other. Second, comprehensive
cancer centers must provide outstanding clinical care while also offering
cancer-related outreach, educational and informational activities for cancer
patients throughout their region.
"There are currently 60 NCI-designated cancer centers
in the nation and of those, only 37 are comprehensive cancer centers. Many
large states do not have one," Weiner said. "The comprehensive designation
is a guarantee to patients across the state that they can receive state-of-the-art
compassionate cancer care here in Iowa."
This means that the 31,000 annual outpatient visitors
and 2,500 annual inpatient visitors to the John and Mary Pappajohn Clinical
Cancer Center will continue to receive the world-class care they deserve and
The NCI provides $1.2 million annually in research support
to the Holden Cancer Center. The latest NCI-designation does not mean more
research funding; instead it will provide enhanced opportunities to influence
the standards of cancer prevention and treatment on a regional, national and
"This has been a remarkable year for our center," Weiner
said. "In addition to receiving NCI-designation earlier this year and now
being awarded comprehensive status, we also received a landmark gift from
the Holden family that will allow us to strengthen even further the research,
education and clinical cancer activities recognized by the NCI through these
Weiner also noted that the comprehensive designation makes
the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center the foremost authority on cancer research,
education, prevention and treatment in Iowa.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership
between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.