Parkview Cancer Institute has become a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center, to bring the nation’s leading cancer expertise to patients in northwest Ohio and northeast Indiana.

As a certified member, Parkview Cancer Institute met rigorous standards to participate in MD Anderson’s quality improvement and best practices program. As part of the affiliation, the certified physicians of Parkview Cancer Institute will tap into the expertise of MD Anderson and may collaborate with faculty to develop treatment plans for patients.

“This affiliation allows Parkview to access best practices from the experts at MD Anderson and merge them with our own high standards of care,” said Neil Sharma, MD, president of Parkview Cancer Institute. “Our local physicians can work with physicians in Houston (where the MD Anderson Cancer Center is located), developing a comprehensive treatment plan that is centered around the patient. This network/program combines the best of what we do locally with the expertise of a national leader.”

The program allows caregivers at Parkview to access MD Anderson guidelines for the purpose of diagnosing, treating and elevating the quality of cancer care in the area.

“MD Anderson’s mission and values naturally aligned with Parkview Cancer Institute’s patient-centered care model and sub-specialized care teams,” said Scott James, chief operating officer of the Parkview Cancer Institute. “We are excited to see how this collaboration elevates the quality of cancer care in our region and, more importantly, how it helps us to better serve our patients.”

The Parkview Cancer Institute joins 17 other hospital and health system certified members across 15 states. Parkview joins Community Health Network in Indianapolis and Deaconess Health System in Evansville as the third certified member in Indiana.

Parkview Health operates Parkview Physicians Group in Bryan.

Parkview spokesperson Tami Brigle said the new affiliation won’t have any direct impact to Parkview patients in Bryan as the certification is specific to the Parkview Cancer Institute and physicians in Fort Wayne.

“However, this provides another option for patients to receive quality cancer care close to home,” Brigle said.

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