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St. Joseph Hospital and Stanford launch new collaboration for cancer care


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 oncology cases.

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 accelerator.

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.

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