NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- UC San Diego Health, a nationally recognized academic health system, has selected e+CancerCare, a leading national operator of outpatient cancer care centers, to operate the UC San Diego Health – Chula Vista radiation oncology facility.
e+CancerCare will fully manage operations allowing affiliated physicians, UC San Diego faculty, nurses and staff to focus on delivering high quality patient care.
"Our organizations make excellent collaborators as we share a common goal of delivering high quality cancer care to patients," said Tom Weiss, chief executive officer of e+CancerCare. "We are committed to creating environments that meet the physical, emotional and mental health needs of patients, while providing financial and operational support so physicians and their clinical teams can focus on patients' medical care and treatment."
The relationship with UC San Diego Health reflects a significant growth milestone for e+CancerCare as the company's first center in California and its first collaboration with an academic health system. The Chula Vista facility, which helps to serve patients of Moores Cancer Center, includes patient navigators and clinical staff to help identify and eliminate barriers through existing community resources.
"This is an opportunity to expand cancer care services, with the continued goal of comprehensive care and exceptional clinical outcomes," said Arno James Mundt, III, MD, professor and chairman of the Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences at UC San Diego, School of Medicine.
UC San Diego Health, the region's only academic health system, has been ranked first in San Diego for five consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. Established in 1978, Moores Cancer Center is one of just 45 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer centers in the United States, and the only one in the San Diego region. Such centers are prominent among the leading institutions in the nation dedicated to scientific innovation and clinical excellence.
"Together with e+CancerCare, we will treat each individual with a customized care plan utilizing the latest in technology," said Mundt, who is an internationally recognized radiation oncologist in the treatment of gynecological malignancies and serves as Chair of the Board of the American College of Radiation Oncology.
Founded in 2002, e+CancerCare has grown to 22 centers in nine states, providing a complete integrated continuum of care, including diagnostic testing, radiation oncology, medical oncology and ancillary services. e+CancerCare operates some of the most clinically advanced and financially successful outpatient cancer centers in the nation. Its partnership efforts are designed to support operational needs, so physicians are empowered to practice medicine and focus on the needs of their patients and allow hospitals to focus on bringing the most advanced comprehensive cancer care to their communities.
The collaboration between UC San Diego Health and e+CancerCare aims to improve cancer care through continuous innovation and improvement. Its design will enhance the capacity and expand the service line to deliver exceptional and effective radiation therapy to the South Bay community.
e+CancerCare is a leading operator of outpatient cancer care centers in the nation driven by its mission of partnering with communities to fight cancer. The company's core focus includes building a best-in-class network of cancer care facilities through partner acquisition, service-line conversion, and de novo development. Their purpose is to offer physicians and hospitals the financial and operational support they need so they can focus on delivering the highest quality care close to home. e+CancerCare creates environments for patients that meet their physical, emotional and mental health needs. Visit epluscancercare.com to learn more.
About UC San Diego Health
UC San Diego Health, the region's only academic health system, has been ranked #1 in San Diego for five consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. It comprises UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest and Thornton Hospital, Moores Cancer Center (one of only 45 National Cancer Institute- designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country), Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and Jacobs Medical Center (opening 2016) in La Jolla, as well as other primary and specialty practices located throughout Southern California. UC San Diego Health's cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. It is affiliated with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy. Additionally, UC San Diego is affiliated with the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and is an American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. It also received Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. For more information, visit http://health.ucsd.edu.
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