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Annual Report - Winter 2012

Quality cancer care extends beyond 1515 Holcombe


By Jacqueline Preston

For the past 15 years, Bill Hyslop’s world has revolved around quality — and numbers.

Hyslop, president and chief executive officer of the MD Anderson Physicians Network, says MD Anderson’s network of affiliated hospitals and health care systems looks to the institution to help improve the quality of cancer care in their communities.

“Our ability to measure and report cancer quality metrics is becoming more valuable to our hospital partners across the country in the age of health care reform,” he says.

MD Anderson’s mission to eliminate cancer is a global one that extends across regions near and far. Through alliances with the institution’s Center for Global Oncology and Physicians Network, more hospitals are providing patients with 
MD Anderson’s standard of care closer to where they live.

In metropolitan Houston, MD Anderson is evolving into a cancer care system that provides care in a location most convenient for the patient, including its Texas Medical Center campus and regional sites in Katy, The Woodlands, Sugar Land and Bay Area (Nassau Bay). In these regional locations, MD Anderson is developing community-based, academically linked, disease-specific clinical programs that extend the institution’s clinical and research mission across a metropolitan population that will soon exceed 6 million.

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center opened last 
fall in Gilbert, Ariz.

A broad reach

The institution’s influence in cancer treatment is also evident outside of Texas through its affiliations with 11 hospitals and health care systems located throughout the United States, as well as in Albuquerque, N.M., Orlando, Fla., Istanbul, Turkey, and Madrid, Spain. There are also 22 sister institutions worldwide that help facilitate educational exchanges, medical conferences and collaborative research projects.

In 2009, the institution announced a joint initiative with Banner Health. The result was Banner 
MD Anderson Cancer Center, located in Gilbert, Ariz., outside Phoenix. Banner opened its doors last fall and is MD Anderson’s broadest extension of its cancer services outside of Houston.

Banner MD Anderson’s array of inpatient and outpatient services includes surgery, radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging and infusion therapy. Longtime 
MD Anderson faculty member Edgardo Rivera, M.D., is the medical director.

Cancer experts in each clinical division and Physicians Network are responsible to uphold the philosophy, process and guidance of MD Anderson.

“Health care organizations around the world look to our institution as a global leader in the fight against cancer,” says Thomas Burke, M.D., MD Anderson’s executive vice president and physician-in-chief. “We welcome colleagues who share our vision of providing leading-edge clinical care to patients in their communities.”

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