Hackensack University Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center are officially working together to provide better treatment options for liver care in New Jersey.
The move will allow Hackensack access to the latest innovations at Columbia’s Division of Liver Disease and Transplantation.
“This new collaboration addresses the needs of patients with liver disease, including cancer, by bringing together Columbia University, one of the nation's top academic medical centers and best in New York, with HackensackUMC, listed as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Hospital rankings,” said Ihor Sawczuk, president of HackensackUMC.
Columbia physicians also will provide consultation for HackensackUMC both in an outpatient setting and by phone, according to a statement.
Liver disease is prominent in the U.S., with more than 30 million people, or one in 10, affected. These illnesses include infections with hepatitis A, B or C viruses, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and liver cancer, according to the statement.