St. Francis Medical Center has joined the Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center Network, announced officials from both institutions recently.
“St. Francis Medical Center is an outstanding addition to the Kimmel Cancer Center Network,” says Leonard Gomella, M.D., Chair of the Department of Urology at Thomas Jefferson University and clinical director of the Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center Network. “St. Francis has a proven commitment to a high quality multidisciplinary approach to cancer care as evidenced by being an American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer approved cancer program since 1949.”
“We are pleased to become part of the Kimmel Cancer Center Network,” states St. Francis Medical Center’s President/CEO, Jerry Jablonowski. “Partnering with a National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center allows us access to top-notch expertise and research that will benefit our patients.”
St. Francis provides comprehensive diagnostic services and in-patient oncology care, medical oncology, outpatient surgery and chemotherapy, pain management, home care and hospice services as well as support and educational programs.
In 1993, the Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center Network was established to provide patients in its member hospitals access to the latest developments in cancer research, technology and treatment. Jefferson's Kimmel Cancer Center offers patients at member hospitals the opportunity to participate in clinical trials utilizing state-of-the-science approaches to preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. Physicians in the network take advantage of each other's consultative knowledge, and patients have a greater opportunity to benefit from innovative treatment options close to home.
St. Francis Medical Center, a member of Catholic Health East, is an acute care teaching hospital recently ranked by Consumer Reports in the top ten hospitals in NJ for safety and number one in Mercer County. Most noted for its Cardiac Surgery program and the first accredited Stroke Center in the county, St. Francis features regional services including the Heart Hospital, a Regional Cancer Center, LIFE St. Francis (Living Independently For Elders), LifeCare Physicians, PC, which includes Primary Care and Surgery throughout the region, a Sleep Disorder Center and an extensive Community Outreach Program.
The Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center Network is a consortium of institutions dedicated to improving cancer care and increasing clinical research. It supports the cancer programs of its members through education, information, research and cancer program development. Kimmel Cancer Center is an NCI-designated clinical cancer center and was ranked 20th in the 2012 U.S. News and World Report ranking of top cancer hospitals in the United States. The Kimmel Cancer Center is the cornerstone of the network, which operates the Jefferson Oncology Group (JOG). JOG is a cooperative program to enhance clinical and translational cancer research, including clinical trial development. The chair of JOG is Rita Axelrod, M.D., associate professor of Medical Oncology at Jefferson Medical College and the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson.
The Kimmel Cancer Center is a member of several national research groups, including the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) and the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP).