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Scripps Health Joins MD Anderson Cancer Network

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Ronald DePinho (left), president of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Chris Van Gorder (right), president and CEO of Scripps Health, sign a partnership agreement to create Scripps MD Anderson Center, La Jolla, August 28, 2016.

Scripps Health Joins MD Anderson Cancer Network


Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO, Scripps Health


The partnership will enable San Diego patients to have access to medical, radiation and surgical oncology; pathology; laboratory and diagnostic imaging, as well as other clinical and support services.

Scripps Health is joining the MD Anderson Cancer Network, a global network of hospitals and health care systems run by the University of Texas.

The partnership, announced Monday, will create the Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center in order to increase access to high-quality cancer care in eight Southern California counties, from San Diego to Santa Barbara.

"MD Anderson is the top-ranked cancer center in America, with unparalleled experience, resources and expertise," said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health.

The 75-year-old MD Anderson, based in Houston, received the honor from U.S. News & World Report in its annual hospital rankings.

"Most of all, this vision is all about doing everything in our power to eradicate this cruel and complex set of diseases that we call cancer today," Van Gorder said.

The alliance "will give Southern Californians easy access to MD Anderson's proven, research-based approaches to cancer care right here in San Diego," Van Gorder said. "Our partnership builds on Scripps' history of providing exceptional cancer care to our region and will enable us to offer the best cancer treatment available anywhere, here at Scripps."

Physician and administrative leaders from both organizations will oversee Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center. The partners will also join forces to recruit and train health care professionals.

Every patient will have a personalized treatment plan created by a multidisciplinary team, said Ronald DePinho, president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

"An oncologist, a surgeon, radiation therapist, diagnostician, imaging experts who are brought to bear on that individual so that that diagnosis is accurate," DePinho said. "So that the optimized regimen for that patient in a highly personalized way is delivered."

The Scripps and MD Anderson partnership will focus on prevention, early detection and saving lives, said DePinho.

The specific locations for the new Scripps MD Anderson program will be determined over the next several months, according to a Scripps spokesperson.

Scripps is planning to create comprehensive cancer care locations, including the Scripps Radiation Therapy Center on Torrey Pines Mesa and locations in central San Diego County.


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