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Specialty Rehab Services Improve Quality of Life for Cancer Survivors

PinnacleHealth announced today that it is first in the state to earn STAR Program® Certification from the Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners, leading experts in the field of survivorship care. STAR Program Certification uniquely qualifies facilities like PinnacleHealth to offer premium cancer rehabilitation and survivorship services to people who suffer from debilitating side effects caused by treatments.
Specialty caregivers from a pool of disciplines--including physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dieticians, mental health professionals, and others--will work together with each patient on a personalized rehabilitation plan to increase strength and energy, alleviate pain, and improve daily function and quality of life. 
“Cancer diagnosis and treatment can be traumatic. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery takes its toll on someone’s health and cause serious medical problems that interfere with daily function and well-being. Survivors commonly face symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, insomnia, memory loss, fear, anxiety and depression. Our program has been created to help survivors physically and emotionally heal from these side-effects,” states Steven Morganstein, DO, chief of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at PinnacleHealth.
To receive its certification, PinnacleHealth implemented the STAR Program which involves training clinicians and focusing on improving patient care outcomes. The healthcare services offered by the STAR Program are covered by most insurance providers, including Medicare, and will be offered to patients by a knowledgeable and sensitive medical staff that is specially trained to work with survivors of all forms of cancer. 
PinnacleHealth is leading the way by offering excellent cancer rehabilitation services to its patients on the east and west shore by becoming STAR Program Certified. For more information regarding the STAR Program call (717) 214-STAR or visit our website
About PinnacleHealth System
PinnacleHealth is a pioneer not-for-profit healthcare system dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for the people of Central Pennsylvania since 1873. A proven leader in medical innovation, PinnacleHealth offers a wide range of services from primary care to the most complex surgeries and Magnet recognition for nursing excellence. The healthcare network includes four campuses (Community, West Shore, Harrisburg and Polyclinic). The West Shore Hospital will open in Hampden Township in 2014. The five-story hospital will include 108 beds with an emergency department, medical/surgical care, cardiology, orthopedics, chronic disease management, and private patient rooms. PinnacleHealth is part of RiverHealth ACO, an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Medical services, including family practice, imaging, outpatient surgery and oncology are offered at multiple locations throughout the region. For a complete list of services, visit our website at
About the STAR Program
The STAR Program is a best practices multidisciplinary cancer rehabilitation service-line model that improves patient care. STAR Program Certification provides healthcare facilities and clinicians with the tools (education, training, evaluation and treatment protocols, and outcomes support) to develop and deliver state-of-the-art cancer rehabilitation services to survivors who suffer the side effects and after effects of treatments – whether they are in remission, living with cancer or cured. All of the services integrated in the STAR Program, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, mental health counseling, and consultations with rehabilitation medicine physicians (physiatrists), are typically covered by health insurance. Learn more at