UPMC names all cancer treatment centers for Henry and Elsie Hillman
UPMC CancerCenter officials announced Wednesday that the system is naming all of its treatment centers after Pittsburgh philanthropists Henry and Elsie Hillman.
A sign with the new name, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, is scheduled to appear Thursday outside the system's flagship research and treatment facility in Shadyside, formerly known as Hillman Cancer Center, said Dr. Stanley Marks, the center's chairman.
The rest of UPMC's approximately 60 cancer treatment centers — including its overseas facilities — will be renamed in the next couple of months, Marks said.
Marks said he had hoped that Henry Hillman, who died of heart failure April 14 , would have been able to attend Wednesday's naming ceremony. Marks discussed the idea with Hillman before his death, he said.
“He was humbled by it, but he agreed to it,” Mark said.
The Hillmans contributed $10 million to help open the Shadyside center in 2002 and gave $25 million in grants to help young researchers launch promising projects.
Jeffrey Romoff, UPMC's president and CEO, said a collection of different names for the system's regional cancer treatment centers led to confusion, prompting discussions of one name to cover all of them.
“When all was said and done, we were referred to as ‘the Hillman,' ” Romoff said. “Nothing more. Not even the word cancer was used. It was just good enough to say we were ‘the Hillman.' And we are extraordinarily proud to be ‘the Hillman.' And the choice of the Hillman name, which is at the center of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center now, was logical and wonderful for us and a credit to the Hillman family. It represented and does represent the excellence and innovation that Elsie and Henry have brought.”
Wes Venteicher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-380-567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.