City of Hope and Providence agree to expand access to cancer care

May 17, 2016

City of Hope and two Providence Southern California medical centers announced today they will partner to expand access to leading-edge, high-quality cancer care and services within the communities served by Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance and Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills.

The partnership will focus on caring for patients in the South Bay and the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys with the convenience and benefit of Providence’s long-standing reputation for excellence and compassionate care and City of Hope’s internationally-recognized cancer care and research expertise. With the affiliation, City of Hope will open a multi-disciplinary cancer center in the future Providence Advanced Ambulatory Care Center in Torrance, providing radiation oncology, medical and surgical oncology, chemotherapy and other cancer-related services. Additional oncology services will be provided there by Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance’s cancer program, which will relocate its imaging, outpatient surgery and breast center services to the new center. The Providence Advanced Ambulatory Care Center is now in the design stages and due to open in 2018.

In the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, the relationship will broaden City of Hope’s existing presence at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and expand care for cancer patients in the Santa Clarita Valley.

“Cancer care today can be extraordinarily complex,” said Harlan Levine, M.D., chief executive of City of Hope Medical Foundation. “With City of Hope and Providence partnering in this way, our innovative research in genomic and precision medicine can bring new hope and treatment opportunities to cancer patients who might not otherwise have the access they need.”

The relationship will enable City of Hope’s research-driven best practices to be made available in the communities served by the two Providence hospitals, providing oncology integration and expertise within the communities.

“Providence is a mission-driven industry leader in Los Angeles, dedicated to quality and compassionate care in the communities we serve. Our patients will benefit greatly by remaining close to home while benefiting, as well, from this advanced level of cancer expertise in their own communities,” said Bernard Klein, M.D., chief executive of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center.

“City of Hope is the gold standard for advanced cancer care and will bring to this partnership the latest research and innovative treatments for our patients,” added Mary Kingston, chief executive, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers Torrance and San Pedro.

City of Hope is one of just 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers. It is recognized for research and treatment protocols that have advanced cancer care across the nation, and around the globe.

Providence, a leading Catholic not-for-profit health care organization, is anchored in Southern California by six hospitals and is the second largest health care provider in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Providence has been recognized with numerous national awards for quality and patient safety, including being the first and only health system in California to have all eligible hospitals receive Healthgrades’ Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence two consecutive years.

“Today, all health care providers are being held to higher standards of accountability. We embrace this challenge,” said Vijay Trisal, M.D., community practices medical director at City of Hope. “All patients deserve access to the most-advanced cancer treatment options and expertise available, and their health care providers should be accountable for providing patient-centered care that is affordable and conveniently located. This is what City of Hope and Providence will achieve together.”

Providence Holy Cross primarily serves the northern San Fernando Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley while Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance serves the South Bay region.

“Our partnership with City of Hope will ensure Providence patients have the best cancer care, close to home,” said Erik Wexler, chief executive, Providence Southern California.

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