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Wentworth-Douglass Seacoast Cancer Center to be Re-Named Mass General Cancer Center

The Wentworth-Douglass Seacoast Cancer Center will be re-named Mass General Cancer Center, effective in early 2023, to represent the access Wentworth-Douglass cancer patients have to the world-class care provided by Mass General Brigham. The Cancer Center has locations at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover and at the Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth.

“The Seacoast Cancer Center is a source of immense pride in our organization and the level of care and culture is not changing,” said Jeff Hughes, President & CEO of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.

“Over the past four decades, our Cancer Center has had a positive impact on countless lives in our Seacoast community and beyond. Our individualized treatment plans, developed through a caring team approach, have been the foundation of our success. That will all remain the same, as will the exceptional culture we have built,” he said.

“This name change, in essence, represents the culmination of our collaborative work, for more than 10 years, to integrate the Seacoast Cancer Center into Mass General Brigham – creating one comprehensive cancer program with both local accessibility and seamless access, when needed, to highly subspecialized cancer care,” Hughes added.

The change will also bring Wentworth-Douglass in alignment with Mass General Brigham’s other cancer centers, allowing for better collaboration on goals like programmatic development and growth.

“We want to stress to the community that nothing is changing in terms of our staff, or services. We are fortunate to be a part of one of the premier health care systems in the world, ensuring our patients, and our community, have access to the very best cancer care available. Our focus is always on our patients,” said Susan Gallagher, Assistant Vice President of Cancer Services.

There will also be no change in how charitable funds for the Cancer Center are distributed, including for the hospital’s signature Seacoast Cancer 5K event. 

“All funds raised for our cancer center through philanthropy will continue to support our local program,” said Cristine More, Vice President for Philanthropy/Chief Philanthropy Officer. “All charitable contributions we receive from our community will continue to have the same positive, local impact as they did prior to this change. Our charitable mission is to support Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and its programs, staff, and services.”

While the formal name change will not happen until early next year, Mass General Brigham will introduce the change through an upcoming fall advertising campaign.

“Our partnership with Massachusetts General Brigham has been critically important to our success and has noticeably expanded the depth and breadth of care we offer our patients. This is just another step in that positive integration,” Hughes said.

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