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The Leon Hess Cancer Center

Close ‘Family Ties’ Held at Leon Hess Multidisciplinary Cancer Center

The Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center provides an extensive array of highly advanced cancer services, delivered by a multidisciplinary team of specialists in a caring and supportive environment. For decades, Monmouth Medical Center’s leadership role in oncology services has been broadened through the ongoing expansion of state-of-the-art programs and technologies offered in all areas of cancer prevention, detection and treatment. The Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth brings together a host of specialists in a convenient setting to offer comprehensive cancer services.

Commission on Cancer Accredited Program

Monmouth Medical Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (ACoS CoC) with designation as an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program. ACoS CoC recognizes cancer care programs for their commitment to providing comprehensive high-quality, and multidisciplinary patient-centered care. In addition, because a thorough analysis of the outcomes of diagnosis and treatment is crucial to outstanding care, Monmouth Medical Center offers a cancer registry that analyzes the cancer center’s significant patient volume. The Leon Hess Cancer Center Cancer registry maintains detailed information on each cancer incidence, treatment and outcome.

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

Additionally, The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center was the first in Monmouth and Ocean counties to be granted full accreditation designation by The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) for “providing the highest quality evaluation and management of patients with breast disease.” The center also is one of the first two New Jersey facilities and among a handful in the nation to be recognized as a certified quality breast center of excellence, the highest certification level offered by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers (NQMBC).

National Quality Measures for Breast Centers (NQMBC)

In addition, the late Lester A. Barnett, M.D., former chief of surgery at Monmouth, was a childhood friend of Leon Hess — a relationship they retained through adulthood as the Hesses maintained a summer residence in Long Branch.

Throughout his life, Dr. Barnett played an instrumental role in supporting fund-raising efforts for Monmouth, particularly for the expansion of cancer services. He died in April 2002, shortly after he helped make possible the extraordinary $3 million gift from the Hess Foundation.

Patient Stories

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