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St. Helena Hospital Cancer Center Affiliates with the UCSF Medical Center to Enhance Local Cancer Ca

By Elizabeth Fernandez, UCSF News Office | January 13, 2010

Released jointly by St. Helena Hospital and UCSF Medical Center

The Martin-O'Neil Cancer Center at St. Helena Hospital and the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCSF Medical Center have begun an affiliation that will provide North Bay patients with access to clinical research trials and express referrals to cancer specialists through a convenient Napa Valley location.

The affiliation, initially set for five years, enhances the services of the Martin-O'Neil Cancer Center by providing coordinated access to a comprehensive array of services available at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is one of the nation's largest clinical and research cancer programs. St. Helena Hospital began treating patients in November in a newly built, $16.6 million state-of-the-art cancer center that provides medical, radiation and surgical oncology in one location.

The overarching goal of the UCSF collaboration is to improve access to high quality, evidence-based care for patients from throughout the North Bay, said St. Helena Hospital President/CEO Terry Newmyer.

"Our affiliation with UCSF, which is a top 10 cancer research academic center, is part of the Martin-O'Neil Cancer Center's commitment to ensure our patients receive the best care possible," he said. "We will now provide patients in the North Bay counties with access to numerous clinical research trials and referrals to UCSF cancer sub-specialists otherwise not available locally.


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