For specialized cancer rehabilitation program
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2015) — University of Louisville Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, part of KentuckyOne Health, has received national certification to offer the STAR Program (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation), a nationally recognized program focused on rehabilitation to improve quality of life for cancer survivors. STAR Program certification is the gold standard in cancer rehab for hospitals and cancer centers.
The goal of the program is to educate and provide screening criteria for the early identification of patients who could benefit from therapy and make it available to minimize the side effects of cancer treatments. The STAR Program treats a variety of cancer related symptoms and conditions such as pain, problems performing daily activities, fatigue, memory and concentration issues, swallowing and speech problems and lymphedema. These rehabilitation services are reimbursable by most health insurance providers.
Approximately 25 staff members from University of Louisville Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer received the STAR Program certification training.
“We are thankful for the dedication of our staff for their willingness to complete additional training to provide the STAR Program for cancer survivors,” said Ken Marshall, president, University of Louisville Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. “This program compliments our cancer care services and extends the continuum of care for our patients as they move into recovery and return to daily activities.”
In addition to University of Louisville Hospital, staff at Frazier Rehab locations throughout Louisville and Southern Indiana, Flaget Memorial Hospital, KentuckyOne Health Cancer Care and KentuckyOne Health Healthy Lifestyle Centers, all part of KentuckyOne Health, have already obtained specialty certification to treat patients through the STAR Program. Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, also part of KentuckyOne Health, was the first facility in Kentucky to receive STAR Program certification in 2012.
Julie Silver, MD, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and breast cancer survivor, developed the STAR Program in 2009. Silver recognized the need for specialized therapy for cancer survivors to help them regain strength and wellness following treatment.