St. Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health announced a clinical affiliation that brings the expertise of Hackensack Meridian Health’s John Theurer Cancer Center – offering the highest levels of cancer care – to residents of Northern New Jersey. The first step of a more extensive oncology partnership was made official today with the announcement of a new infusion center located on the St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center campus in Wayne.
John Theurer Cancer Center is part of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. It has been recognized by US News & World Report as one of the state’s premier cancer centers in New Jersey. The partnership means better access to clinical trials and highly subspecialized medical expertise for residents in the Wayne area.
“The opening of this new infusion center is the first step of the oncology partnership between our two health networks,” says Kevin. J. Slavin, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health. “As our partnership continues to evolve, that means the best cancer care is more accessible for residents in the surrounding communities.”
Two years ago, St. Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health announced a clinical and strategic partnership that deepens both organizations’ commitment to expanding access to care and delivering the highest quality throughout the region. Expanding oncology services is one such example of how the partnership is bringing additional expertise to the community.
“We are pleased to expand our nationally-recognized team from Hackensack University Medical Center’s John Theurer Cancer Center to more communities in New Jersey,” says Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “This affiliation brings an exceptional lineup of oncologists and highly specialized care. It’s been a goal of ours to make sure that every New Jersey resident has access to high-quality compassionate care that’s accessible and convenient.”
Patient navigators will be key in this partnership, working with patients every step of the way to help guide patients regarding screenings, treatments and clinical trials when relevant. The partnership will also bring a better quality of care to underserved populations.
The partnership has plans to extend into St. Joseph’s Paterson campus and a new location in Totowa. The Totowa location, at 225 Minnisink Road, will open later this year.
“We are thrilled to open our new infusion center, which provides our patients treatment not only for cancer, but also a wide variety of other conditions that require infusion therapy or injections,” said Jane White, vice president of Oncology at St. Joseph’s Health. “Our infusion nurses, who are certified in oncology nursing and chemotherapy administration, work collaboratively with physicians to ensure patients receive high quality, safe care. Through our partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health, we will continue exploring additional ways to enhance our Oncology Services.”
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