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Johns Hopkins collaboration assures world-renowned cancer care
In May of 2014, the Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute embarked on a five-year collaboration with The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. The partnership provides cancer patients with even greater access to a vast network of physicians, clinical trials and evidence-based protocols. It also affords physicians of both medical centers with opportunities to collaborate, share best practices, pioneer new procedures and enhance support services.
Allegheny Health Network's Cancer Institute includes more than 150 physician practices, 200-plus clinical trials, one of the state's largest bone marrow transplant and cellular therapy programs, and the largest radiation oncology network in the United States dually accredited by the American College of Radiology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology. The multidisciplinary AHN Cancer Institute team delivers expert, innovative, high-quality care close to where patients live and work.
The collaboration with Johns Hopkins leverages the power of teamwork to ensure that those diagnosed with any type of cancer are receiving the most effective and innovative treatments to battle the disease. Johns Hopkins also provides continuing medical education opportunities to physicians and nurses across AHN, as well as physician-to-physician consultation services for rare cancer cases and novel therapies. The two institutions are also participating in joint projects designed to improve the quality and safety of cancer care.
"We are extremely pleased to have a collaborative agreement with our colleagues at Johns Hopkins that will be of tremendous value to our respective cancer programs and the communities we serve," said Dr. David Parda, M.D., system chair, Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute. "Joining forces with such an accomplished and respected institution not only will enhance the scope and capabilities of both AHN's and Hopkins' cancer services, but it demonstrates clearly to all of our patients and the community that we are committed to meeting their healthcare needs in innovative and meaningful ways."