Jacksonville, Fla. (PRWEB) April 17, 2015
Baptist Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have signed a partnership agreement designed to transform oncology care in northeast Florida and southeast Georgia.
The institutions have agreed to create a joint cancer program to enhance patient access to MD Andersons treatment protocols and translational research. Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center is anticipated to open in the fall of 2015, providing a single destination for highly coordinated, multidisciplinary cancer care for adults in the region.
Initially, the program will be housed in the Baptist Outpatient Center, on the campus of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, where the Hill Breast Center is currently located. This temporary home will be replaced by a new cancer care building which will begin the design and build process in the coming months, with an expected open date of 2017. This dedicated facility will be designed to serve a full continuum of cancer care needs, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and survivorship.
Baptist Health and MD Anderson are working together to recruit a dedicated team of medical oncologists and other medical and surgical experts to join the existing cancer care staff. The goal is to replicate the MD Anderson model of care, so that cancer patients and their families receive the highest level of care close to home.
The final approval of this agreement brings us one step closer toward the realization of our partnership with an international leader in cancer care, said Hugh Greene, president and CEO of Baptist Health. We look forward to bringing Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center to operational and clinical reality over the coming months.
As part of the agreement, Baptist Health will become a partner member of MD Anderson Cancer Network