publication date: Feb. 17, 2017

Guest Editorial The AACI Network Care Initiative

By Stanton Gerson

President, the Association of American Cancer Institutes

Director, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Many cancer center hospital systems are expanding their services across large geographic regions, while cancer care is consolidating around ever enlarging groups.

Over the next two years, as I serve as president of the Association of American Cancer Institutes, I will be leading an initiative to better define these networks and to develop methods of improving the quality of cancer care administered across individual cancer center networks, with better integration of treatment services, especially those now unique to our centers, into the community.

At the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center in Cleveland, our clinical partners University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, face daily challenges in managing patient care across the entire Northeast Ohio region, covering some 4.3 million people and 16,000 (out of a total of 23,000) new cancer cases diagnosed annually. This experience spurred the idea for the “AACI Network Care Initiative.” 

A preliminary step in this process is to ensure that major academic cancer centers—NCI-designated as … Continue reading The AACI Network Care Initiative

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