SAMARITAN ANNOUNCES CANCER COLLABORATION WITH STANFORD HEALTH CARE
Samaritan Health Services has announced a formal collaboration with Stanford Health Care and its Stanford Cancer Center, designed to enhance cancer care, education and clinical research in the region.
Using tele-medicine technology available in Samaritan’s expanded Pastega Regional Cancer Center beginning later this year, the collaboration will allow local oncologists and other clinicians to confer with their Stanford Medicine counterparts in real time to discuss complex as well as rare cancer cases and explore treatment strategies and procedures. That same technology will allow local physicians here in Oregon to participate in Stanford’s cancer education programs.
“We are excited about this new partnership with Stanford,” Mullins said. “Along with providing valuable resources to our patients and providers, the collaboration presents a number of opportunities for our organization to enhance cancer care for patients in our service area.”
Medical oncologist Douglas Blayney, M.D., Professor of Medicine and the Ann and John Doerr Medical Director of the Stanford Cancer Center, said that Stanford’s partnership with Samaritan “will involve a series of innovative cancer projects that touch all three areas of our mission: to care, to educate and to discover.”
David Hufnagel, D.O., medical director for Samaritan’s oncology and hematology program, also expressed enthusiastic support for the agreement.
“Coupled with the enhanced facilities found in the new Pastega Regional Cancer Center, this collaboration will take cancer care in the region to an unprecedented level,” he said.
Construction is currently underway at the expanded Cancer Center, located on the campus of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. Named for long-time hospital benefactor Mario Pastega and his family, the center will bring together Samaritan’s cancer services, which are currently spread across the medical center’s campus, and allow for program expansion, including collaboration with Stanford Medicine. The center is expected to be completed in November.
The $15-million-dollar fundraising campaign to support Samaritan’s state-of-the-art cancer center and program expansion is the largest in the organization’s history. Led by the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, it includes $12.2 million to build the new center, including construction and expansion of the existing Mario Pastega House, $1.8 million to build a program endowment and support services, and an additional $1 million to develop a regional patient care management program and resource center. Nearly $9 million has been raised to date.
“We’re excited to be able to provide all this to our patients and their families,” said Mullins. “Our goal is to provide additional counseling and research-based collaboration right here, close to home.”