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CHI Health St. Elizabeth Earns STAR Program® Certification

January 28 2016

CHI Health St. Elizabeth announced today that it has earned its STAR Program® Certification from the Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners, leading experts in the field of survivorship care. The STAR Program offers specialized cancer rehabilitation services to survivors of all forms of cancer.

“We are very proud to be the first in Lincoln to offer this cancer rehabilitation service to our patients,” says Mike Hopkins, director of oncology services at CHI Health St. Elizabeth. “This is another example of how we are leading the way in cancer care.”

To receive its certification, staff at St. Elizabeth from a variety of disciplines--including physicians, physical therapists, speech therapists, dieticians, mental health professionals, and others--had to complete extensive training focused on improving patient care outcomes. Specially-trained caregivers work together to create a personalized rehabilitation plan for each patient. The goal is to increase strength and energy, alleviate pain and improve daily function for patients.

The healthcare services offered by the STAR Program are covered by most insurance providers, including Medicare. Survivors can begin the program before treatment, during treatment or even several years beyond treatment.

“Survivors at any stage of their recovery can benefit from this program,” says Hopkins. “Cancer survivors often have to deal with side effects from treatment that can diminish their quality of life. We have been able to help survivors return to the activities they loved prior to treatment.”

About CHI Health St. Elizabeth
CHI Health St. Elizabeth, founded over 125 years ago, is a full-service, nonprofit medical center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Since 2004, St. Elizabeth has been recognized as a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing. St. Elizabeth is guided by its core values of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence to devote funding and resources to programs and services that benefit their patients as well as the health of the greater community. St. Elizabeth is part of CHI Health and Catholic Health Initiatives. Learn more at

About the STAR Program
The STAR Program is a best practices multidisciplinary cancer rehabilitation service-line model that improves patient care. STAR Program Certification provides healthcare facilities and clinicians with the tools (education, training, evaluation and treatment protocols, and outcomes support) to develop and deliver state-of-the-art cancer rehabilitation services to survivors who suffer the side effects and after effects of treatments – whether they are in remission, living with cancer or cured. Learn more at