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University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Expands to Parma Community General Hospital

Thursday, August 1, 2013

New location opens August 1

PARMA – University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center is expanding to Parma Community General Hospital, providing integrated cancer care to residents in Parma and surrounding communities. This will be UH Seidman Cancer Center’s 16th location in Northern Ohio, opening on August 1.

“The UH Seidman Cancer Center at Parma Hospital will provide patients with access to the most advanced cancer care, leading-edge technology and clinical research,” says Nathan Levitan, MD, President, UH Seidman Cancer Center. “With the aging population in Northeast Ohio, the number of cancer patients is increasing and it is important to us to provide these services within the community where patients live, minimizing the need for them to travel long distances for their care. Our network spans from Sandusky to Chardon, and Parma Hospital’s location in the heart of Cuyahoga County is an ideal new site for our cancer center.”

UH Seidman Cancer Center is part of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University, one of only 41 centers in the country to be designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. This distinction recognizes development and use of the most effective methods of early detection, treatment and prevention of cancer, including clinical trials and advanced therapies not yet available elsewhere. Named in recognition of a $42 million gift from Jane and Lee Seidman to University Hospitals, UH Seidman Cancer Center opened a new cancer hospital at UH Case Medical Center in 2011 that provides highly specialized cancer care for patients. UH Seidman Cancer Center also is recognized by US News & World Report as one of the top 15 hospitals for cancer care in the country.

“Offering a wide range of cancer care services is a priority at Parma Hospital,” said Terrence G. Deis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Parma Hospital. “This new collaboration will provide our residents with access to the highest level of cancer care available with the same personalized care and attention they have come to know from the current oncology nursing and support staff.”

Parma Hospital’s Cancer Center, which opened in 2000, has been recognized with excellence by the Commission on Cancer since 2003. Now, with the UH Seidman Cancer Center partnership, services offered will include outpatient infusion therapy, radiation oncology, laboratory services and preventative screenings along with nutritional and psychological support. Community-based physicians at Parma Hospital will work in partnership with their colleagues at the nationally recognized UH Seidman Cancer Center. They will be part of a multidisciplinary team with experts in surgery, medical oncology, radiation therapy, pathology, nursing, social work and psychology who will work together to create a personalized treatment plan.

Patients also will have access to continuing cancer education and information on the latest cancer treatments and clinical trials. Dedicated to innovative treatment and promising clinical research in the fight against cancer, the UH Seidman Cancer Center offers cutting-edge treatments earlier than most other cancer centers and currently participates in more than 300 clinical trials.

The expansion of the UH Seidman Cancer Center at Parma Hospital comes on the heels of a letter of intent signed by UH and Parma Hospital last month to officially explore an integration that will add Parma Hospital to the University Hospitals health system.

“We completed a very comprehensive process to evaluate potential organizations that could best support our mission to provide the highest quality of personalized health care to our patients and the communities that we serve,” said Mr. Deis. “It is our belief that University Hospitals is most compatible with that mission, our medical staff and the commitment to remain a vital resource for our extended communities.”

UH will work closely together with the Parma Hospital medical staff to ensure that their patients continue to receive the highest quality personalized care. It is anticipated that UH will bring investments and new services as a major benefit to the agreement including expanding the presence of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital that currently provides neonatal care at Parma Hospital. UH, with its nationally recognized academic medical center – UH Case Medical Center – will also provide strong clinical research, leading-edge technology, innovative practices and initiatives that will complement and grow Parma Hospital’s highly regarded medical programs.

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