News | Published September 7, 2012

Cancer Program at Mount Nittany Health Receives Three-year Accreditation with Commendation

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted Three-year Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Program at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

"The most important aspect of this accreditation is what it means for our patients. It ensures that a patient will have access to comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment," according to Aileen Galley, ACSW, LSW, administrative director, Penn State Cancer Institute at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

The other quality of care standards of the accreditation include:

  • A multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Access to cancer-related information, education, and support
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • Quality care close to home

Mount Nittany Medical Center formally began offering a programmatic approach to cancer care in 1974 with the addition of a board certified hematologist-oncologist. In 1984, the Department of Radiation Oncology was added. Since that time, cancer services have developed in response to need with the Medical Center partnering with other institutions to create a comprehensive program.

This October, the new 40,000 square foot Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion will be completed. The Shaner Cancer Pavilion will support patients and families by creating space where people can access the many services they may need to cope with cancer.

"As a founding member of the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, Mount Nittany Health is working with The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to continue to ensure world class services are available to our community close to home," said Galley.

For more information visit or call Aileen Galley at 814.234.6787 or email