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News: Centegra’s STAR Program integrates oncology rehabilitation services

Centegra Health System continues to advance the way patients receive cancer care by integrating cancer rehabilitation services and becoming STAR Program certified. STAR Program certification uniquely qualifies facilities to offer premium services to survivors who suffer from debilitating side effects caused by cancer treatments.

STAR-Program-Registered-Logo_2012_final_rgbTo receive its certification, Centegra Health System executed Oncology Rehab Partners’ STAR Program, successfully implementing its evaluation and treatment protocols and rehabilitation training. These services 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.

Specialty caregivers from a pool of disciplines including physicians, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dieticians, mental health professionals, and nurses 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.

“The moment a person is diagnosed with cancer, he or she becomes a cancer survivor,” said Dr. Terrence Bugno, an independent radiation oncologist with Centegra Health System. “The STAR Program will help patients benefit from increased strength and energy so they can thrive as cancer survivors.”

STAR Program certification from Oncology Rehab Partners provides hospitals and cancer centers the tools needed to quickly and effectively implement an exceptional survivorship care plan.

Oncology Rehab Partners co-founder Dr. Julie Silver, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and herself a cancer survivor, “We are very proud of Centegra Health System’s STAR Program Certification. They have shown a commitment to providing cancer survivors with care and rehabilitation.”

For more information about the program, visit or call the STAR Program coordinator at 815-759-4870.