Texas Children’s has been nationally recognized as a National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) Center. The NPF awards this designation to health facilities after a rigorous audit review to determine that an institution’s focus is on multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatitis, treating the “whole patient” with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life.
“We are honored that Texas Children’s has been designated as an NPF Center for treatment of pancreatitis,” said Texas Children’s CEO Mark A. Wallace. “Having the NPF Center designation will help distinguish Texas Children’s as an institution whose focus is on providing the best and most innovative care possible.”
“The NPF Center designation will help us to better serve this important patient population,” said NPF Executive Director Matthew Alsante. “Once an institution receives this designation, we can recommend with confidence that patients will receive quality care at these designated centers.”
An approved NPF Center has to meet the criteria that were developed by a task force made up of invited subject matter experts and patient advocates. The criteria includes having the required expert physician specialties such as gastroenterologists, pancreas surgeons and interventional radiologists, along with more patient focused programs such as a pain management service psychosocial support and more.
“I am very proud of this prestigious achievement,” said Dr. Benjamin Schneider, Texas Children’s chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. “This award is certainly validation of our entire team’s delivery of excellent patient care.”