Collaborating for a Higher Level of Cancer Care-Delivered Locally

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center Certified Members of MD Anderson Cancer Network®

(CENTENNIAL, COLO.) Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, announced today that Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center are now certified members of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center.

This affiliation builds on the work and clinical advancements of our regional cancer care experts and connects them with nationally-known leaders in cancer care. Today's dynamic health care environment calls for innovative ways to connect providers in specialty lines of care, so patients can get comprehensive care under one roof, close to family and home. In the spirit of collaboration and with access to expertise, Centura Health is raising the standard of cancer care in our community.

“The possibilities are endless when you combine the expertise of the leading cancer center in the nation with our connected community of caregivers on a mission to build whole person care,” stated Peter Banko, President and CEO of Centura Health. “Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center are advancing their long-standing legacies of innovation in cancer technology and personalized care as Southern Colorado’s only certified members.”

“Becoming a member of MD Anderson Cancer Network demonstrates the commitment of Penrose Hospital and St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center to provide the highest standard of cancer care to patients,” said William A. Murphy, Jr., M.D., chair of the board, Physicians Network. “As collaborators, we will enhance already excellent programs and elevate the standard of care throughout the region.”

Being a certified member means Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center have met rigorous clinical requirements according to MD Anderson's multidisciplinary model. Both cancer centers underwent clinical practice reviews and rigorous on-site and off-site evaluations of our medical, radiation and surgical oncology programs, as well as diagnostic imaging, pathology/laboratory, pharmacy, IV Therapy and inpatient oncologic services. MD Anderson Cancer Network selects only hospitals that are successful in meeting their comprehensive qualification criteria. In the future, opportunities may be provided for eligible patients to participate in select clinical trials within this affiliation.

The affiliation provides Penrose and St. Mary-Corwin cancer center caregivers with access to a wide range of multidisciplinary care resources, including disease-specific and evidence-based guidelines, treatment plans and best practices developed by MD Anderson. It also means Penrose and St. Mary-Corwin oncologists and surgeons now have the opportunity to present especially rare or complex cancer cases and seek consultation with MD Anderson's experts.

Centura Health continues to be committed to the wellbeing of our community providing a compassionate touch in comprehensive cancer diagnosis and treatment. Our approach to treating the whole person while fighting cancer is integrated, meaning we bring together the conventional tools of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy with complementary therapies including nutritional support, educational classes, yoga and exercise programs, physical therapy, spiritual support, survivorship and more.

“Our incredible physicians and associates are now backed by MD Anderson’s world-renowned cancer research and treatments,” stated Peter Banko, President and CEO of Centura Health. “We’re bringing innovative cancer care to our neighbors – for every community and every life we touch.”

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