UTMB, MD Anderson to collaborate on League City campus
MD Anderson News Release 08/20/2015
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have signed a first-ever clinical collaboration agreement, which today was approved by The University of Texas System Board of Regents.
The agreement includes MD Anderson leasing land to construct an outpatient cancer center on the UTMB League City campus. This new construction will become part of MD Anderson’s Houston-area network, which includes four clinical care centers and currently serves nearly 16,000 patients each year.
The agreement marks the first time local UT System institutions have joined to provide clinical care. The collaboration will ensure patients in the region have convenient access to comprehensive, high- quality and centralized cancer care.
The new outpatient center is projected to open by 2018. The approximately 135,000 square-foot facility will complement UTMB’s inpatient facility on the campus. The new facility will be less than eight miles from MD Anderson’s Bay Area location, which offers medical, radiation and surgical oncology; infusion therapy; pain management; nutrition and other support services.
“We are extremely pleased to be collaborating with a UT System sister institution,” said Donna K. Sollenberger, executive vice president and CEO of UTMB Health. “Together with the services that we provide, this collaboration further expands the excellent health care services that will be available at the League City Campus.”
“MD Anderson in Bay Area was our first center to provide both medical oncology and radiation services in the community, and it has played a vital role in advancing the quality of cancer care throughout this growing region,” said Thomas Burke, M.D., executive vice president, MD Anderson Cancer Network®. “With UTMB, we have a collaborator who shares our vision and mission for enhancing care and access to research, and we expect our momentum to grow and expand rapidly by working together.”
The new facility will offer patients expanded access to both institutions’ advanced health care services. MD Anderson brings internationally recognized expertise in cancer care and clinical research while UTMB Health has invested in its League City Campus and surrounding clinics to make its extensive network of primary and specialty care providers available throughout the region.