Baptist Health and MD Anderson Cancer Center announce plans to transform cancer care in region
September 24, 2014 | Jacksonville, FL
Baptist Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have signed a letter of intent to form a partnership that will provide adult cancer patients in the region with greater access to the most advanced cancer care available.
The institutions have agreed to create a joint cancer program in North Florida next year that will enhance patient access to MD Anderson’s world-renowned treatment protocols, clinical trials and translational research.
When formalized, the agreement will make Baptist Health a partner member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, the institution’s program to elevate the quality of cancer care in communities throughout the nation and world. As a partner, Baptist Health will be operationally and clinically integrated with MD Anderson and contribute to its mission to end cancer.
There are currently only two other MD Anderson partners in the nation: the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Arizona and MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in Camden, New Jersey.
“This is truly a game-changer,” said Hugh Greene, president and CEO of Baptist Health. “MD Anderson is recognized as the leader in cancer care in our nation and across the globe. With such an incredible partner, we intend to transform cancer care in our region and provide even more hope and courage for our cancer patients and their families.”
“We are looking forward to establishing this partnership between MD Anderson and Baptist Health so that the patients and families of Jacksonville and surrounding areas will have greater access to our proven model of cancer treatment, care and research,” said Thomas Burke, MD, executive vice president of MD Anderson Cancer Network. “With Baptist Health, MD Anderson found an already-strong cancer program that is committed to enhancing its care and contributing to our mission.”
Based in Houston, MD Anderson is the largest freestanding cancer center in the world. Since its inception in 1941, nearly one million patients have sought the innovative cancer care and prevention services that have made MD Anderson so widely respected. The institution consistently has been ranked as one of the top two hospitals for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey. MD Anderson also ranks first in the total amount of grant dollars from the National Cancer Institute. MD Anderson employs more than 20,000 people, including more than 1,800 physicians and scientists.
Baptist Health includes five hospitals with 1,154-licensed beds, 1,658 medical staff and more than 250 outpatient facilities throughout North Florida and South Georgia. Baptist Jacksonville and Baptist South are ranked among America’s Best Regional Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report and Baptist Cancer Institute is one of the region’s leading providers of cancer prevention, screening, diagnostic and treatment services. All four of Baptist Health’s adult hospitals have NAPBC-accredited breast centers, including Hill Breast Center, which is the only dedicated breast center of its size in the region.