publication date: Jan. 10, 2014

Conversation with The Cancer Letter

Orlando Health President Mark Roh: 

We Opted For a Florida-Centric Strategy

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Orlando Health is choosing a partnership over an affiliation, said Mark Roh, president of the Florida cancer center that’s ending its relationship with MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Instead, Roh’s hospital is joining the University of Florida to create the UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health.

Roh spoke with Paul Goldberg, editor and publisher of The Cancer Letter.

PG: The world has changed. How has that change affected your collaboration with MD Anderson?

MR: Well, our strategy has been to be Florida-centric. That is our focus, helping the citizens of Florida.

We know we couldn’t do it alone, for sure. How can we partner with someone that we can hopefully accomplish what we set out to do? In doing that, [University of] Florida seemed like one of the options to pursue. The culture, the people—a common vision was there. In the past couple of years we’ve worked hard to get to this point where in many ways our work is just beginning.

Getting the documents together is one thing, but making a difference to someone sitting at home three months into their cancer is a different story.

PG: Can you tell me anything about the financial structure of the MD Anderson deal?

MR: Well, unfortunately, that’s proprietary information. They have us sworn to secrecy, and we’ve actually signed documents accordingly. I’d love to tell you, but I can’t.

PG: What was the structure? When was this to be renewed?

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