- OhioHealth announced today that the health system
is taking steps for several OhioHealth hospitals to become
certified members of MD Anderson Cancer Network™, a program of The
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. When finalized, this
collaboration will help advance cancer care in the communities that
OhioHealth serves while still keeping the care local for patients
and their families. OhioHealth patients will see certified
physicians who use evidence-based guidelines and treatment plans
developed by MD Anderson experts. For 10 of the past 12 years, MD
Anderson has ranked No. 1 in cancer care in the "Best Hospitals"
survey published by U.S. News & World Report.
"This is groundbreaking for
OhioHealth cancer patients," said Dave Blom, president and chief
executive officer of OhioHealth. "This selective relationship
between OhioHealth and MD Anderson Cancer Network will allow our
patients to receive leading cancer care from their OhioHealth
physicians and caregivers. Caregivers they've built long-standing
relationships with. This gold-standard of care can only enhance the
patient experience while still keeping their care close to home.
This is care that in the past, patients and their families may have
had to travel to receive. OhioHealth and MD Anderson believe that
keeping care local, whenever possible, is in the best interest of
cancer patients and their families. We are committed to keeping
cancer care in the patient's community."
As an MD Anderson Cancer Network
certified member, OhioHealth will be part of a best practices and
quality improvement program. The program will offer certified
OhioHealth hospitals and their associated oncology physicians
access to MD Anderson guidelines for the purpose of diagnosing and
improving the quality of cancer care provided.
"There's no doubt MD Anderson is
known, world-wide, for its cancer care. There's no doubt OhioHealth
has a strong reputation in central Ohio for treating cancer with a
high-touch, patient-centered approach," said Praveen Dubey, MD,
OhioHealth Radiation Oncologist and Chair of the OhioHealth
Oncology Guidance Council, a group of oncologists that focuses on
improving the quality of care while reducing the cost. "Now, we have a way for the
two to join forces and bring a new approach to cancer care for our
Over the next year and a half,
several OhioHealth member hospitals and their oncologists will be
going through the MD Anderson Cancer Network certification process;
in that time, OhioHealth eligible hospitals and physicians will be
working with MD Anderson Cancer Network staff to prepare for the
official start of the relationship.
Once the certification process is
complete, OhioHealth will be a certified member of MD Anderson
Cancer Network, providing OhioHealth cancer patients with
world-renowned cancer care and the compassion and kindness they've
come to expect from OhioHealth.
OhioHealth is a nationally recognized,
not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization with Methodist
roots. Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is currently recognized
as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven
Health Analytics. It is also recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one
of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" and has been for eight
years in a row, 2007-2014.
Serving its communities since 1891,
it is a family of 22,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and
a network of 17 hospitals, 25+ health and surgery centers, a
hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services
spanning a 40-county area. OhioHealth member hospitals include
OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical
Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital-Columbus, OhioHealth Grady
Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth
Doctors Hospital-Nelsonville, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital,
OhioHealth Marion General Hospital and OhioHealth O'Bleness
Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at www.ohiohealth.com.
Anderson Cancer Network
MD Anderson Cancer Network™ is a program of The
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. It's designed to
advance the institution's mission of eliminating cancer by
delivering MD Anderson expertise to community
health providers. The network includes mission-aligned hospitals
and health care systems across the United States committed to
elevating the quality of care in their communities. Hospitals have
direct access to MD Anderson clinical guidelines and best practices
through membership in MD Anderson Cancer Network.