New City of Hope partnership to expand access to cancer care in the Inland Empire
February 1, 2017 | by City of Hope
City of Hope and San Antonio Regional Hospital are joining forces to expand access to leading-edge cancer care, research and services in the Inland Empire.
The partnership’s goal is a simple one: to combine City of Hope’s world-class cancer care and research expertise with San Antonio Regional Hospital’s 100-plus year tradition of providing high-quality patient care. The move will improve access to the latest in cancer diagnosis and treatment for residents in the Inland Empire.
As part of the effort, City of Hope physicians will provide clinical leadership – including a medical director of the oncology program and a medical director of the radiation oncology program – within San Antonio Regional Hospital’s newly expanded $160-million facility.
The collaboration is focused on creating a seamless system of oncology care where patients can access a full spectrum of medical and surgical cancer services conveniently in their own community.
As part of the relationship, City of Hope will develop a comprehensive outpatient cancer center, a multidisciplinary center of excellence providing radiation oncology, medical and surgical oncology, chemotherapy and other cancer-related services in San Antonio Regional Hospital’s new ambulatory center being developed directly across the street from the hospital campus. Construction on the center is expected to begin sometime this year.
“Meeting the needs of patients living in the Inland Empire is at the heart of this important affiliation,” said Harlan Levine, M.D., chief executive of City of Hope Medical Foundation. “Partnering with a high-quality, like-minded hospital like San Antonio Regional Hospital, allows us to further expand comprehensive cancer care-level expertise and services in the community, which will be much more convenient for the patients we serve.”
“As a 109-year-old nonprofit hospital, our focus has always been to put patients’ needs first and foremost,” said Harris Koenig, president and chief executive officer of San Antonio Regional Hospital. “Through this landmark affiliation, our patients will benefit greatly by being able to receive world-class patient-centered cancer care close to their home and families. This is a significant positive milestone in the world of cancer care for the entire Inland Empire,” he said.
Koenig said the hospital has spent the last several years undergoing a major expansion, investing more than $160 million in a new patient tower and larger emergency room.
“This affiliation is consistent with our mission to improve access to highly personalized and advanced medical care as part of our expanded health care footprint in the Inland Empire,” he added.
City of Hope is one of 47 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. It is recognized for research and treatment regimens that have helped advance cancer care across the nation and internationally.
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