The Lacks Cancer Center at Saint Mary's Selected to Continue Participation in National Cancer Institute Program|
Contact: Angela Klinske
Interim Manager, Public Relations and Communications
The Lacks Cancer Center at Saint Mary's Health Care Selected to Continue Participation in National Cancer Institute Program to Enhance
Cancer Research and Care at Community Hospitals
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan, June 20, 2012 – The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, selected The Lacks Cancer Center at Saint Mary's Health Care to continue participation in its national network of community cancer centers. A member of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) since 2010, Lacks was awarded $950,000 to fund participation in the NCCCP network for the program's next two years.
The NCCCP is a collaborative network of community hospitals working to: expand cancer research, enhance access to cancer care, and improve the quality of care for cancer patients served by community hospitals in urban, suburban and rural areas, with an emphasis on underserved populations. The majority of U.S. cancer patients are diagnosed with and treated for the disease in their local communities, where they can remain closer to home rather than commute to major academic medical centers. The NCCCP network has served approximately 53,000 new cancer cases each year.
Launched in 2007 as a pilot program comprised of 16 community hospitals, the NCCCP added 14 additional sites to the network in 2010. Funding available from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allowed the 30 NCCCP hospitals to recently compete for a program extension; 21 of them were awarded funds to continue program participation. Lacks' selection ensures that the NCCCP network's ongoing efforts to offer state-of-the-art coordinated care and to create research opportunities will continue to be addressed in the West Michigan community.
With a major focus on reducing cancer healthcare disparities, the 21 NCCCP community hospitals will continue efforts to enhance patient access to the latest, evidence-based cancer care, improve the overall quality of care, and expand research opportunities across the cancer continuum. Lacks' continued participation in the program helps to support NCI's overall mission of accelerating cancer research and improving outcomes for cancer patients across the U.S.
"The National Cancer Institute recognizes the importance of delivering the highest quality cancer care to patients in all areas of the country and has chosen specific well-developed cancer centers to move this vision toward reality," said Tom Gribbin, MD, medical director of medical oncology at The Lacks Cancer Center. "We're delighted to continue to be part of this prestigious network, in which our own West Michigan community can continue to be involved in the latest cancer research, care and treatment close to home."
The complete list of NCCCP community hospitals, effective 7/1/2012:
- Billings Clinic, Billings, Montana (Billings Clinic Cancer Center)
- Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Delaware (Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Care)
- Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Einstein Cancer Center)
- Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania (Geisinger Cancer Institute)
- Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin (Gundersen Lutheran Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders)
- Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut (Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center)
- Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, Pennsylvania (John and Dorothy Morgan Cancer Center)
- Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa (Mercy Cancer Center)
- Northside Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia (The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute)
- Norton Suburban Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky (Norton Cancer Institute)
- Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins)
- The Queen's Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii (The Queen's Cancer Center)
- Saint Mary's Health Care, Grand Rapids, Michigan (Lacks Cancer Center)
- Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Sanford Cancer Center)
- Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Spartanburg, South Carolina (Gibbs Regional Cancer Center)
- St. Joseph's/Candler, Savannah, Georgia (Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion)
- St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, California (The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment)
Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver, Colorado, for the following hospitals:
- Penrose – St. Francis Health Services, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Penrose Cancer Center)
- A coordinated regional program in Nebraska:
- Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney, NE (Good Samaritan Cancer Center)
- St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Lincoln, NE (St. Elizabeth Cancer Center)
- St. Francis Medical Center, Grand Island, NE (St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center)
For more information about the NCCCP network, visit ncccp.cancer.gov.