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Holy Cross Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Announce Collaboration

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLHoly Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in Boston have entered into an agreement to collaborate on expanding oncology services to South Florida residents.

This collaborative agreement will provide additional advanced care for cancer patients living in South Florida. Patients treated at the Michael and Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center at Holy Cross Hospital, will now have access to the specialists at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, and will receive timely referrals for second opinions and improved coordination of care.

According to John C. Johnson, president and CEO of Holy Cross Hospital, the experienced physicians at the Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center provide patients in South Florida with complete care, from diagnoses to treatment and aftercare. This care is now enhanced by the partnership with Mass General. “Our relationship with Mass General Cancer Center will offer patients access to new clinical treatments and the expertise of renowned cancer researchers, providing an additional network of nationally and internationally recognized specialists who will consult with patients while they continue their care at home in South Florida,” said Johnson.

David P. Ryan, MD, clinical director, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, said, “We look forward to working collaboratively with Holy Cross Hospital to provide South Florida residents with rapid access to subspecialty cancer care, genetics counseling and early phase clinical trials.” Ryan adds, “Our partnership with Holy Cross will also focus on community outreach, education and quality initiatives.”

“All patients expect and deserve world class medical care and that is what we offer at Holy Cross,” said Martin Gutierrez, MD, medical director of the Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Our community-based resources at the Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center are enhanced by this collaboration with Mass General Cancer Center.”

A full-service, non-profit Catholic hospital, Holy Cross is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and a member of Catholic Health East. Located in Fort Lauderdale, it has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report for the past two years.

About Holy Cross Hospital:

A member of Catholic Health East, Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is a full-service, non-profit Catholic hospital, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Since opening its doors in 1955, the 571-bed hospital has offered progressive services and programs to meet the evolving healthcare needs of Broward County. Today, Holy Cross has more than 600 physicians on staff representing more than 40 specialties and more than 2,800 employees. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and its medical team has earned a reputation for excellence unsurpassed in the community.

About Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center:

An integral part of one of the world’s most distinguished academic medical centers, the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center is among the leading cancer care providers in the United States.

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the Mass General Cancer Center as one of the top ten cancer centers in the country. Its nurses were the first in Massachusetts to achieve Magnet status in recognition of the hospital’s exceptional nursing care.

Known for providing customized, innovative treatments and compassionate care to both adults and children, the Cancer Center comprises 20 fully integrated, multidisciplinary clinical programs and a vast array of support and educational services. Its network of affiliations extends throughout New England and the southeastern United States.

The Cancer Center’s commitment to eradicating cancer is fueled by scientific investigation conducted as part of one of the largest hospital-based research programs in the nation. Through a powerful synergy between laboratory scientists and bedside physicians, the Mass General Cancer Center fosters innovation in all phases of cancer research. Physician investigators conduct more than 350 clinical trials annually.

The Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center is proud to be a founding member of the DF/HCC, a Harvard Medical School consortium designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center. This prestigious seven-member center forms the largest cancer research collaboration in the country. The promising new treatments developed through this partnership are revolutionizing the future of cancer medicine. For more information, visit www.massgeneral.org/cancer.

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