publication date: Sep. 26, 2014

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By Paul Goldberg

Two institutions said they are in varying stages of completing partnerships with MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The two deals are a part of an expansion strategy that essentially means that the MD Anderson logo can light up almost anywhere, establishing the Houston-based cancer center as a potential competitor to almost any cancer center in the US.

• Baptist Health of Jacksonville and MD Anderson announced on Sept. 24 that they have signed a letter of intent to create a joint cancer center in North Florida next year, and, separately,

• Columbus-based OhioHealth announced that the system is Ohio’s first certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network

The Florida deal would make Baptist Health a partner member of MD Anderson Cancer Network, the highest level of linkage offered by the Houston-based cancer center.

As a partner, Baptist Health will be operationally and clinically integrated with MD Anderson, the parties said. There are currently two other MD Anderson partners in the U.S.: the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Arizona and MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in Camden, N.J.

The Ohio deal doesn’t entail such close linkage. The health system will become one of 15 MD Anderson-certified sites.

“This is truly a game-changer,” Hugh Greene, president and CEO of Baptist Health, said in a statement. “MD Anderson is recognized as the leader in cancer care in our nation and across the globe. With such an incredible partner, we intend to transform cancer care in our region and provide even more hope and courage for … Continue reading 40-36 MD Anderson Expands Reach Into Florida, Ohio

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