- By Kevin Punsky
Mayo Clinic and St. Vincent’s HealthCare collaborate on cancer care services
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus and St. Vincent’s HealthCare, a ministry of Ascension Health, are collaborating to bring Mayo Clinic’s nationally ranked cancer services to patients in a newly built medical suite on the campus of St. Vincent’s Riverside. The goal is to offer Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center’s programs and services to more patients directly in the community.
Construction of the 11,500-square-foot medical suite is expected to be completed in summer of 2016. Financial details of the agreement will not be disclosed.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with a local health system that is known worldwide for delivering superior cancer care,” says Michael Schatzlein, M.D., President and CEO of St. Vincent’s HealthCare. “Every year, thousands of patients travel across the globe to be treated by Mayo Clinic physicians, and, now, St. Vincent’s will offer our patients the same high-quality care right here on our Riverside campus.”
As part of the agreement, Mayo Clinic will staff the facility with Mayo physicians. St. Vincent’s will assume the remaining clinical and administrative responsibilities. The cancer services include medical oncology, an infusion center for chemotherapy, and multidisciplinary disease specialized care for various types of cancer. St. Vincent’s will construct and equip the facility.
“We are honored to partner with St. Vincent’s in this collaboration,” says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. “This agreement is exciting, because it enables Mayo Clinic to bring the highest-quality cancer care to even more patients in our area. Both institutions are an important part of the local fabric of this great community. By joining forces, we will only strengthen the delivery and quality of cancer care in this region.”
St. Vincent’s Riverside has one of the longest running cancer programs in the country, with more than 50 years of continual accreditation by the American College of Surgeons and is home to the Mary Virginia Terry Cancer Center. The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is the only comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute in Northeast Florida and one of two in the state. Mayo Clinic also is one of only four institutions in Florida designated by the state as a Cancer Center of Excellence and is nationally ranked in cancer in the U.S. News & World Report annual survey of more than 5,000 hospitals.
About Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
As a leading institution funded by the National Cancer Institute, the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center conducts basic, clinical and population science research, translating discoveries into improved methods for prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and therapy. For information on cancer clinical trials, call 1-855-776-0015 (toll-free).
About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to medical research and education, and providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit mayoclinic.org or newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.
About St. Vincent’s HealthCare
St. Vincent’s HealthCare (www.jaxhealth.com) includes St. Vincent’s Riverside, St. Vincent’s Southside, St. Vincent’s Clay County, St. Catherine Labouré Manor, St. Vincent’s Primary Care, Consolidated Laboratories, St. Vincent’s Ambulance Service, Seton Pharmacies and Consolidated Pharmacies. St. Vincent’s Medical Center was founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1916 to provide health services to the sick and the poor of North Florida. St. Luke’s Hospital, now St. Vincent’s Southside, was founded in 1873 by three women who saw the need for medical care in the community. It stands as Florida’s oldest private hospital. St. Vincent’s HealthCare is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system with 153,000 associates serving in 131 acute care hospitals.
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a Catholic health care organization dedicated to the transformation of health care through excellent clinical care throughout the continuum of care and through innovation. Ascension is the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system, providing the highest-quality care to all with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. In 2014, Ascension provided $1.8 billion in care to persons living in poverty and community benefit programs. Its mission-focused Health Ministries employ 153,000 associates serving in more than 1,900 sites of care in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Ascension’s direct subsidiaries provide services that include health care delivery, medical equipment management, treasury management, resource and supply management, venture capital investing, physician practice management, and risk management.