MSK President Craig Thompson announces HHCCI’s inclusion as the charter member in the MSK Cancer Alliance.
Lehigh was first announced as a member of MSK's Cancer Alliance in August 2015.
Members join the MSK Cancer Alliance after completing a rigorous evaluation. Currently the group has two formal members and one prospective member.
Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute
In 2014, Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute (HHCCI) — which comprises the five cancer programs of Hartford HealthCare’s multihospital system in Connecticut — became the first member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance.
MSK awarded membership to HHCCI after a thorough analysis of six disease specialties (breast, colorectal, kidney, lung, prostate, and uterine) and 11 disciplines across the institute.
Among the many distinctive aspects of the collaboration is the establishment of the first MSK Cancer Alliance clinical trials site. Five MSK trials opened to HHCCI patients by the close of 2015. In addition, we are helping to recruit a Physician-in-Chief for HHCCI who will also have an appointment at MSK.
In 2016, medical oncologist and hematologist Dr. Peter Yu was named HHCCI’s first physician-in-chief.
Future projects include conducting joint quality and outcomes research to measure the success of our relationship, as well as exploring collaborations beyond the six disease specialties.
Watch highlights from the event announcing HHCCI’s certification in the MSK Cancer Alliance.
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Lehigh Valley Health Network, a multisite healthcare system in eastern Pennsylvania, became the second member of the MSK Cancer Alliance in March 2016. The LVHN Cancer Institute is the only program in the region named to the prestigious National Cancer Center Community Cancer Centers Program. In 2014, LVHN cared for 3,200 newly diagnosed patients.
Teams of cancer specialists from both organizations have dedicated hundreds of hours to carefully reviewing processes and clinical standards across six disease specialties and disciplines within LVHN’s cancer program — melanoma, breast, colon, endometrial, lung, and prostate — to ensure they are aligned with MSK’s standard of care.
LVHN patients will also have access to MSK’s network of cutting-edge clinical trials, which will allow them to get the latest treatments before they’re available elsewhere.
Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida
Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida, is the next organization slated to join the MSK Cancer Alliance. Already cancer experts from both organizations have begun the work of designing and customizing a meaningful collaboration that has real potential to change lives. Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with seven hospitals and nearly 50 outpatient and urgent-care centers.
Next year, Miami Cancer Institute will open the area’s first proton therapy center, which will utilize sophisticated methods to target cancer cells while sparing healthy tissue. Proton therapy has shown exciting promise in treating children’s cancers and adult cancers of the brain, liver, and lung.