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Shared Values, Shared Goals for Banner Health, M. D. Anderson

Conquest - Fall 2009

By Wendy Gottsegen

Southeast of Phoenix, the town of Gilbert, Ariz., is getting ready to welcome a new and very important resident to the community. Once known as the “Hay Capital of the World,” Gilbert will aspire to a new designation — leader in cancer treatment.

Employees of Arizona's leading health
care provider gather to mark the
announcement of the collaboration
with M. D. Anderson.

Based on the collaboration between Arizona-based Banner Health and M. D. Anderson, plans are under way to break ground on the
M. D. Anderson Banner Cancer Center in early 2010.

The decision to embark on creating a new 120,000 - square-foot outpatient treatment center supported by 76 patient beds at the existing Banner Gateway facility was not taken lightly. To deliver the kind of world-class oncology and patient care that are fundamental to both institutions, leadership knew they needed to have more in common than just a high tolerance for long summers and triple-digit heat indexes.

“In Banner, we believe we’ve found the right team, in the right city to truly make a difference in the lives of many who will face cancer,” says Thomas Burke, M.D., physician-in-chief and executive vice president at M. D. Anderson. “To continue to increase our impact on the national and global cancer epidemic, we must collaborate. Banner shares our values and belief in multidisciplinary care and has a strong desire to expand cancer services to the people of this fast-growing city and state. Together, we will help many patients in Arizona.”

M. D. Anderson will have clinical oversight for all aspects of care delivery at the center, which has a targeted opening in late 2011, and will offer medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, pathology, laboratory and diagnostic imaging as well as other supportive clinical services. The facility is modeled after M. D. Anderson’s outpatient clinics in Houston that feature individual areas for specific cancers.

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