Eureka, CA (December 16, 2013) – St. Joseph Hospital is pleased to announce a new and exciting
collaboration with Stanford Medicine. The relationship will involve a
series of projects related to cancer care, clinical research and education
– all with the goal of continuing to provide local patients with
the highest quality cancer care possible.
The collaboration includes: a new cancer telemedicine tumor board program;
access to cancer clinical trials; and access to educational programs at
Stanford for St. Joseph Hospital physicians and staff. The tumor board
program is a formal way for a multi-disciplinary group of physicians to
discuss treatment options for complex or rare cancers. This new relationship
allows us to use telemedicine technology to present local cancer cases
to physicians at Stanford via WebEx. The program will launch with gynecologic
Additionally, Stanford will provide St. Joseph Hospital access to cancer
clinical trials and will assist in the training of clinical research staff.
Clinical trials are protocols for cancers that do not respond to routine
treatments. The clinical trials will offer patients at St. Joseph Hospital
access to state-of-the-art treatment that currently requires travel to
the San Francisco area for enrollment.
Leaders from St. Joseph Hospital and Stanford joined together at a special
reception on Friday, December 6 in Eureka to formally announce the collaboration
to local physicians and members of the community. Although Stanford will
have no direct involvement in patient care at St. Joseph Hospital, their
partnership will provide valuable resources to physicians and patients
at our hospital. "We are very excited to begin this new collaboration
with Stanford," said David O'Brien, MD, President of St. Joseph
and Redwood Memorial Hospital Hospitals. "The tumor board program
and clinical trials with Stanford present new opportunities for our hospital
to advance cancer care for patients in our community." Douglas W.
Blayney, MD, the Ann and John Doerr Medical Director of the Stanford Cancer
Center and professor of Medical Oncology at the Stanford University School
of Medicine said "We are very excited about the collaboration between
St. Joseph Hospital and Stanford Medicine. Stanford's mission is "to
care, to educate and to discover." Our partnership with the hospital
will involve a series of innovative cancer projects that touch all three
areas of this mission."
The December 6 reception, which was hosted by the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation,
also served as the official launch for the foundation's Cancer Care
Campaign, an effort to raise $2 million toward the purchase of a new linear
At St. Joseph Hospital, linear accelerators are used to deliver radiotherapy
treatments to patients with cancer. While the hospital's current linear
accelerators have served the community well, a state-of-the-art linear
accelerator will enable clinicians at St. Joseph Hospital to treat cancers
never before treated in Humboldt County.
At the reception, Dr. O'Brien announced several major gifts to the
campaign, the largest of which is a $650,000 gift from Eureka resident
Jerry Carlson. Including Carlson's gift, the foundation has raised
more than $1 million for the Cancer Care Campaign. "We are continuously
amazed by members of this community who step up time and time again to
support St. Joseph Hospital," said Paul McGinty, executive director
of the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.
St. Joseph Hospital's Cancer Program has been recognized by the Commission
on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as offering the very best
in cancer care and treatment. St. Joseph & Redwood Memorial Hospital
Hospitals and St. Joseph Home Care, together with our community partners,
form a comprehensive team offering care, support and information for cancer
patients and their families. Our mission is to reduce morbidity and mortality
from cancer. And since the program's inception in 1992, we have carried
out this mission by continuing to grow to meet the needs of our communities.
(From left) David O'Brien, MD, President, St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial
Hospital Hospitals, joins Whitney Greene, director of business development
– Cancer Services Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and Dr. Johnathan
Berek, chair of obstetrics and gyncecology at the Stanford University
School of Medicine and director of the Stanford Women's Cancer Center,
at the December 6th announcement in Eureka.