St. John Health System has signed an affiliation agreement with the Health System to become part of the U-Ms Cancer Center Network, a group of hospitals and physician practices throughout the region dedicated to improving cancer care.
As one of the largest providers of cancer care in the state, we are excited to partner with the U-M, which is recognized nationally in cancer research and treatment, says Elliot Joseph, president and CEO of St. John.
Together, we see over 14,000 new cancer cases every year, making us the leader in cancer care treatment in this region, Joseph says.
We know that approximately 85 percent of cancer services are rendered in the community and expect this partnership will greatly benefit the community by improving access to advanced treatment and research protocols for the thousands of patients we serve.
As a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive center, we are able to offer our patients access to cutting-edge treatments developed at the NCI and from our own strong basic science research program, says Max S. Wicha, director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Our agreement with St. John Health System increases the number of cancer patients who can benefit from these treatment advances, Wicha adds.
Specifically, the affiliation will focus on several objectives, including: