Dana-Farber and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Joining Forces
The partnership was designed to provide integrated cancer care.
Under a new agreement, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will provide hematology and medical oncology care at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, a part of the Steward Health Care System. The new partnership, which begins this summer, will enable cancer patients at St. Elizabeth’s to remain at the hospital and at the same time, receive the world-class cancer care provided by Dana-Farber doctors and nurses. According to a statement from Steward, all of the patients in the Steward network (more than a million) will have access to the Dana-Farber cancer services network.
“We are very excited to expand our collaboration with St. Elizabeth’s,” said Dr. Lawrence Shulman, senior vice president for Medical Affairs at Dana-Farber, “…to be able to offer the latest therapies to their patients with cancer close to home.”
The new partnership will be called, the “Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Steward St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center” and will provide hematology and medical oncology care in the newly-redesigned St. Elizabeth’s Cushing Pavilion. St. Elizabeth’s also recently renovated the infusion center, radiation center, and Intensive Care Unit. Patients will also have access to advanced care and resources at Dana-Farber’s Yawkey Center for Cancer Care in the Longwood Medical Area if needed. St. Elizabeth’s will continue to provide imaging, radiation oncology, and surgical services, so that the cancer care provided can be comprehensive in one location. This way, patients will not have to shuffle between hospitals. St. Elizabeth’s patients will continue with their same physician, and all electronic medical records will be integrated.
“We are pleased to expand our relationship with Dana-Farber on our campus,” said Kevin Hannifan, president of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. “It is in line with our approach to providing patients with the experts they need, in their community where they live and work.”