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UPMC to rename cancer network in honor of Henry and Elsie Hillman

| Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 11:54 a.m.
Jack Fordyce | Valley News Dispatch
The UPMC CancerCenter, in this building off of Burtner Road in Harrison, is being renamed for philanthropist Henry Hillman.
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Elsie and Henry Hillman during the Hillman Cancer Center Living Courageously NEA Future without Cancer Gala at the Consol Energy Center, Oct. 24, 2013.
Jack Fordyce | Valley News Dispatch
The UPMC CancerCenter, in this building off of on Burtner Road in Harrison, is being renamed for philanthropist Henry Hillman.
From left, David Hillenbrand, Elsie Hillman, Henry Hillman, Ann Wertz, Ron Wertz and Jack Barbour during the opening reception for the new Wertz Gallery in the Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007.
Jack Fordyce | Valley News Dispatch
The UPMC CancerCenter, in this building off of Burtner Road in Harrison, is being renamed for philanthropist Henry Hillman.
Jack Fordyce | Valley News Dispatch
The UPMC Cancer Center on Burtner Road in Harrison is being renamed for philanthropist Henry Hillman.

UPMC's vast cancer network will be renamed after late philanthropists Henry and Elsie Hillman, UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute announced Tuesday.

The new name of the UPMC CancerCenter will be revealed Wednesday at the Hillman Cancer Center in Shadyside.

“The Hillman name is synonymous with high-quality cancer care in this region,” UPMC said in a statement. “The network-wide name change will underscore the world-class cancer care available to patients close to home at more than 50 locations in Western Pennsylvania and beyond.”

Henry Hillman, widely known as one of Pittsburgh's most generous benefactors, died of heart failure April 14. He was 98. Family and friends gathered for an April 21 memorial service and hailed his sense of responsibility. His wife, Elsie, died in August 2015.

A copy of his will, filed May 16, showed his properties will be divided among four adult children. His estate, valued at more than $800 million, was bequeathed to the Hillman Family Foundations.

The Hillman Cancer Center is the flagship treatment and research facility at the UPMC CancerCenter network and the nationally and internationally recognized research of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

Wednesday's event will be attended by UPMC CEO Jeffrey Romoff and Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, according to the statement.

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