Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Cancer Centers of the Carolinas joins GHS
Greenville, SC – Cancer Centers of the Carolinas (CCC) and Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS) announced today (Jan. 31) that CCC will integrate with GHS to strengthen cancer care and ultimately create a regional cancer center “unlike anything else that exists between Atlanta and Durham.”
By combining CCC's expertise in outpatient cancer care with the resources of GHS’ academic health system, patients will benefit from a more robust, integrated system of clinical services, patient support programs and oncology clinical research. This type of integrated model is the standard among the nation’s leading cancer programs. The broader programming and services would also help make the center eligible for coveted National Cancer Institute designation, which would make it more competitive both for national research grants and additional patient support.
Benefits will include expanded access to multidisciplinary clinics, cancer sub-specialists typically only found in major metropolitan areas, novel research trials, patient and family support services, palliative care, nutrition support, survivorship programs, prevention programs and direct patient support. Fellowships in areas such as hematology-oncology, gynecological oncology and radiation oncology could also be a possibility.
One immediate benefit will be the integration of clinical, demographic and administrative data, which will enhance the patient experience by putting key information more readily into the hands of the physicians and clinicians.
“By joining GHS, we will enjoy the benefits of being part of a larger organization which will allow us to expand our services and offer even more comprehensive care to our patients,” said Dr. Michael Zurenko, president of Cancer Centers of the Carolinas. "CCC has made a significant impact on the lives of cancer patients over the last three decades, but, in order to move care to the next level, we need to help develop a regional cancer center of excellence. We hope to make Greenville a destination for cancer patients in the Southeast and provide the most sophisticated, personalized cancer care and service possible."
Cancer Centers of the Carolinas plans to have the same group of physicians at the same locations with the same staff providing the same excellent care, he said.
A strength of the program will be services provided by The US Oncology Network, a division of McKesson Specialty Health, which has provided services to CCC over the past 17 years. The network will provide program support, clinical trials, evidence-based protocols, process improvement, information services and performance benchmarking services, all necessary to achieve a regional cancer center of excellence.
GHS and CCC have been working together since 2002, said Dr. Larry Gluck, medical director of GHS Cancer Services and a CCC physician. The collaborative Institute for Translational Oncology Research (ITOR), which is paving the way for rapid breakthroughs in new personalized cancer therapies, has already brought 14 first-in-human trials to the Upstate in concert with its Clinical Research Unit. Long-time GHS and CCC collaboration also made possible an innovative oncology rehab program and a bone marrow transplant program. CCC is already designated as a Community Clinical Oncology Program by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
“Coming together as one cancer program is the next logical step in an evolving relationship,” said Dr. Gluck. “We will build on the current NCI designation to achieve next-level NCI designation. Our integration, in tandem with the enhanced designation, will allow us to further leverage our resources for the benefit of patients.” CCC physicians can also be involved in the full spectrum of GHS research and teaching programs such as the USC School of Medicine-Greenville, which opens its doors this summer.
“This relationship makes it possible to achieve a cancer center unlike anything else that exists between Atlanta and Durham,” Gluck said.
When the organizations come together, the GHS cancer program will include approximately 50 physicians specializing in cancer care for adults and children with 10 locations throughout the Upstate.
"This is a terrific day for the Upstate, for GHS and for CCC, but, most important, for cancer patients and their families,” said Michael Riordan, GHS president and CEO. “Bringing CCC and GHS together to accelerate the fight against cancer is a huge win for the entire region. We will be able to leverage the full resources of both organizations to dramatically improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. CCC has done a great job positioning itself in several counties within the Upstate. We intend to build on that strong base and enhance relationships with the hospitals and physicians in those medical communities.”
“This is one of the most significant events in the second 100 years of the Greenville Hospital System and will change the narrative going forward,” said Riordan.
A transition team comprised of CCC and GHS staff is working towards an implementation date in May 2012. The 26 physicians and approximately 330 employees of CCC will become GHS employees at that time.
Cancer Centers of the Carolinas (CCC) is a community-based practice with 26 board-certified oncologists practicing in multiple locations across the Upstate of South Carolina. CCC is the Upstate's largest cancer care group treating more than 6,000 new patients annually. CCC specializes in medical oncology, radiation oncology, gynecologic oncology, hematology, blood and marrow transplantation, diagnostic radiology and clinical research. The National Cancer Institute awarded Cancer Centers of the Carolinas a research grant and designated CCC as a Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP). CCC’s Blood and Marrow Transplant Program has achieved continuous accreditation from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy for 10 years. CCC is an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, the world’s largest health care network dedicated exclusively to cancer treatment and research. Visit our website at www.CancerCarolinas.com.
Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS) is committed to medical excellence through research and education and is accredited by The Joint Commission. It offers patients a sophisticated network of expertise and technologies through its five medical campuses, tertiary medical center, research and education facilities, community hospitals, physician practices (University Medical Group) and numerous specialty facilities in upstate South Carolina. The 1,268-bed system is home to 14 medical residency and fellowship programs and the state’s largest number of active clinical research trials – 613. For the third consecutive year, its flagship Greenville Memorial Hospital has been ranked among the nation’s top 50 hospitals in a specialty area in U.S. News’ 2011-12 publication of America’s Best Hospitals. In July 2012, GHS will welcome the charter class of its four-year medical school, University of South Carolina School of Medicine–Greenville. Visit ghs.org for more information.
The US Oncology Network is one of the nation’s largest networks of community-based oncology physicians dedicated to advancing cancer care in America. Like-minded physicians are united through The Network around a common vision of expanding patient access to high-quality, integrated cancer care in communities throughout the nation. Leveraging healthcare information technology, shared best practices, refined evidence-based medicine guidelines, and quality measurements, physicians affiliated with The US Oncology Network are committed to advancing the quality, safety, and science of cancer care to improve patient outcomes. The US Oncology Network is supported by McKesson Specialty Health, a division of McKesson Corporation focused on empowering a vibrant and sustainable community patient care delivery system to advance the science, technology and quality of care. For more information, visit www.usoncology.com.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Cancer Centers of the Carolinas (CCC) and Greenville Health System (GHS) announced today (Jan. 31) that CCC will integrate with GHS to strengthen cancer care and ultimately create a regional cancer center “unlike anything else that exists between Atlanta and Durham.”
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