City of Hope and Providence Health & Services Pursue Partnership in Cancer Care: Alliance Seeks to Increase Access, Create Unprecedented Oncology Integration

October 09, 2013

LOS ANGELES and DUARTE, Calif. – City of Hope and Providence Health & Services, Southern California, announced today their intent to expand access to uniquely compassionate, high-quality oncology services within the Southern California communities served by Providence.

City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer center, one of only 41 in the nation to have received this status, and its research and treatment protocols have advanced cancer care across the nation. Providence, one of the largest-mission-driven healthcare organizations in the Los Angeles Area, is anchored by five hospitals, operates the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center in Burbank and the regional TrinityCare and TrinityKids Care hospice programs, has three affiliated physician groups and numerous outpatient centers.

The two organizations signed a letter of intent this week to bring City of Hope’s research-driven best practices to all cancer patients in Providence Southern California’s five medical centers and network of clinics and physician practices, providing an unprecedented level of oncology integration and expertise within the community.

“Our shared goal is to enhance access to the type of specialized, high-quality cancer care for which City of Hope is known,” said City of Hope President Robert Stone. “We partnered with Providence because of their traditions, values and the quality of care they provide in their communities. Together, we can expand our long-standing commitment of delivering patient-centered care in the right place to the largest number of people. This is model of the future, and this is what patients deserve.”

“City of Hope is the gold standard for advanced cancer care and will bring to this partnership the latest research and innovative treatments,” said Michael Hunn, senior vice president and regional chief executive of Providence Southern California.

“Providence is a mission-driven industry leader in Los Angeles, known for quality and compassionate care in the communities we serve. Our patients will benefit greatly by remaining close to home, receiving this added level of expertise in their own communities.”

The partnership, in which City of Hope will provide expertise and its quality protocols to enhance Providence oncology care, strives to balance accessibility with affordability. By establishing a network of cancer services throughout Providence’s regional health system, more patients will receive high-quality care close to home and ensure their access to leading-edge research and specialized treatments.

This approach to patient-centered care will emphasize evidence- and research-based guidelines, cost-effectiveness, and the overall needs of patients and families. It will expand access to City of Hope’s clinical trials for Providence cancer patients, and lead to the investment in new technology designed to better integrate data and care.

“A recent Institute of Medicine report concluded there are serious challenges facing the U.S. cancer care delivery system due to growing demand for care, increasingly complex treatments, a shrinking workforce, and rising costs. This partnership is the kind of forward-thinking commitment to Southern California patients needed to address these very serious issues,” said U.S.

Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Burbank). “As the number of cancer cases grows across the country and Southland, it’s encouraging to see these two premier institutions stepping up to respond.”

“Today, all health care participants are being held to higher standards of accountability. We embrace this challenge,” said Dr. Harlan Levine, chief executive of City of Hope Medical Foundation.

“All patients deserve appropriate access to the most-advanced treatment options and expertise available, and their health-care providers should be accountable for providing these in a patient-centered, affordable way. At the end of the day, this is what City of Hope and Providence will achieve together.”​