November 15, 2016
Topeka, Kan. and Kansas City, Kan. — Stormont Vail Health is entering into a collaborative partnership with The University of Kansas Hospital to enhance and expand radiation oncology services in Topeka. Beginning early next year, radiation oncologists from The University of Kansas Cancer Center will provide care at Stormont Vail Health's Cotton O'Neil Cancer Center in Topeka.
Stormont Vail Health has been collaborating with The University of Kansas Cancer Center for many years and was one of the founding members of the Midwest Cancer Alliance, which was formed in 2008 to bring more options in oncology care and clinical trials close to home. "This is the next step toward advancement of our cancer services," said Randy Peterson, Stormont Vail Health President and Chief Executive Officer.
"Our cancer program is strong today, but we need to continue to build it. Partnering for these services is important as we continue to grow and strengthen our capabilities," said Peterson.
The University of Kansas Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated center in the State of Kansas and the region. NCI centers have the highest standards of scientific excellence, and studies have shown clinical outcomes are better at NCI designated facilities.
"Currently, the resources of The University of Kansas Cancer Center are available to Stormont Vail patients at a distance. Because of this partnership, our radiation oncologists will be in Topeka, and patients will have more access to clinical trials and advanced care," said Bob Page, President and Chief Executive Officer of The University of Kansas Hospital.
"Both hospitals believe there's great benefit for patients when they are able to receive treatment closer to home, especially when the treatment duration is weeks or months, as is the case with radiation oncology," added Page.