Two local hospitals are now working together in hopes to provide patients with new and more effective cancer treatment options.
The agreement between the two institutes will start on June 1st. The main benefit from this partnership is that it will allow University patients to have easier access to trials and treatments at AU’s Cancer Center.
“And what better than to marry a very efficient community practice with great doctors and great staff with an academic health system like us. It’s the best of all worlds,” says Dr.David Hess, the Dean of Medical College.
The agreement between University Hospital and AU Health will cover University physician practices, infusion centers and pharmacy services. It allows AU to manage the University facilities that provide cancer treatment on Walton Way and Society Hill Drive in Aiken.
“I think it’s ideal for patients because they get the same doctors. We never want to interrupt the doctor, patient relationship.”
The partnership will consist of a jointly managed committee made up of employees from each entity.
Doctor David Hess –Dean of the Medical College of Georgia, says this partnership elevates patient care.
“A lot of the therapies we’re developing here now can be tested in more patients in our community. And for the patients they get the latest and greatest treatments.”
Doctor Hess says he expects the partnership to be fruitful in the battle against cancer.
“Are now rallied and are working towards the same goal which is better treatment of cancer –to cure cancer. Now we can cure it to mange it so that people can live long lives and it becomes a chronic diseases like arthritis– kinda nag and you have to take treatment but you don’t die. That’s what were trying to get too.”
The two entites have partnered up before in 2015 to create a dozen family medicine slots at University.
They hope the partnership will help boost Augusta University’s Cancer Center to nationally recognized status.