And MD Anderson Cancer Network™ is collaborating with community hospitals and health systems to provide the highest-quality and most advanced cancer care to patients in the communities in which they live.
“The National Cancer Institute estimates that only about 15% of U.S. cancer patients are diagnosed and treated at the nation’s major academic-based cancer centers,” says Margaret Row, M.D., vice president of operations for the Cancer Network. “Through our network, we can reach more people nationally and internationally.”
With objectives to improve access to specialized care and clinical trials, disseminate knowledge, deliver high-quality, multidisciplinary care and drive new discoveries, the network has been growing quickly. More than 115 million people now have access to MD Anderson care or best practices through its network members.
Close to home
In a unique partnership, MD Anderson joined forces with Memorial Hermann to create an integrated breast-screening program across the Houston area. The collaboration combines the cancer center’s expert breast screening and diagnostic services with the convenience of Memorial Hermann’s locations. In less than a year, the program, which began in five locations before expanding to 10, provided more than 77,000 patients with approximately 147,000 procedures. The program grew again in February, expanding to 15 sites.
MD Anderson also provides cancer care to the underserved at Harris Health’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. In the past year, MD Anderson doctors have provided cancer care to 3,800 patients from underserved populations of Harris County.
Partnering to deliver care
MD Anderson’s collaborations bring extensive expertise and resources to communities across the nation as co-branded, multispecialty cancer centers. More than 22,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients sought diagnosis or treatment at MD Anderson’s network affiliates this year. Covering a population of more than 100 million people, these sites are strategically located to allow the institution to have the largest possible impact around the globe.
With partnerships at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center (Gilbert, Arizona), MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper (Camden, New Jersey), Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center (Jacksonville, Florida), an extension of the partnership of MD Anderson at Cooper with Summit Medical Group (Berkeley Heights, New Jersey), 14 current certified members across the country, as well as other national and international relationships in development, the care and knowledge that have made MD Anderson the nation’s top cancer hospital continues to have expanded worldwide reach.
Increasing access to MD Anderson quality and best practices
MD Anderson Cancer Network now has 14 certified members in 12 states, all of which take part in the MD Anderson quality improvement and best practices program. Through these sites, more than 28,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients have sought diagnosis and treatment, and a population of almost 17 million people now has access to health systems and physicians certified by MD Anderson.
With a goal to more than double in size to more than 30 member health systems by 2021, the number of potential patients who can receive oncology care that’s been shaped by MD Anderson will be increasing as well.