COLUMBUS, Ohio - 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 patients."

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.

About 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.

About MD 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.