Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, with 20 centers throughout the state, and St. Anthony Hospital have completed an agreement to provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient cancer services to patients on the St. Anthony Hospital campus in Lakewood, Colorado.
Expanded radiation therapy services are expected to begin on August 5, 2013, and the medical oncology office is anticipated to open in the winter of 2013.
Shared Strengths and Services
The new collaboration will enable St. Anthony Hospital and Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers (RMCC) to utilize their shared strengths to provide patients with coordinated multidisciplinary care, high-quality clinical outcomes, access to leading-edge technology, and a nationwide network of clinical research trials through RMCC’s affiliation with US Oncology Research. It also provides the framework for cost-efficient care, a positive patient experience, research and innovation, and access to holistic, complementary medicine.
Under the new affiliation, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers will be the oncology care provider for both medical oncology and radiation oncology in Lakewood. RMCC will open a medical oncology office on campus and will close its existing medical oncology office in Lakewood. St. Anthony Hospital will continue to provide all inpatient oncology services.
Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), 3-D conformal therapy, 4-D treatment planning, and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) are all performed at St. Anthony Hospital. In addition, the specialized Brain Lab stereotactic radiosurgery system treats brain tumors as well as benign neurological disorders.
“This new venture will assist us in growing our regional offering of services by accelerating our development of a comprehensive cancer center to better serve our Mountains and North Denver Operating Group and the communities we serve,” said Jeff Brickman, President and CEO, St. Anthony Hospital.
John Fleagle, MD, President of Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, said “This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our expertise in both radiation and medical oncology. This collaboration allows us to work hand-in-hand with a premier hospital in the Denver metro area. Cancer patients in the Lakewood, Colorado area and beyond will benefit from this truly integrated approach to care.” ■