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Cancer Care Services to Change in Erie; Saint Vincent Plans for Comprehensive Cancer Center

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The delivery of cancer care services in the Erie community through the Regional Cancer Center (RCC) will be undergoing changes over the next few years. Saint Vincent Hospital, part of the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and UPMC Hamot, co-owners of the RCC, announced yesterday that they will be expanding their oncology programs independently.

Saint Vincent and UPMC Hamot will remain at the RCC during this period of transition, and are committed to ensuring that patients continue to receive high-quality cancer care at the facility.

In the coming weeks, Saint Vincent will announce details of a new world-class cancer center it plans to build on the Saint Vincent campus.

“For almost three decades, the RCC has been an essential, life-saving resource for cancer patients in our community and it has been an honor to help carry on its vital mission,” said Christopher Clark, DO, President of SVH. “We are equally excited however about the future of cancer care in Erie as we move forward at Saint Vincent in building a state-of-the-art cancer center that will unite in one location every clinical and support service possible for cancer patients.”      

Dr. Clark said the new cancer center is expected to be open by the end of 2019.

According to Dr. Clark, when complete, the facility will offer patients unique access to the full spectrum of integrated cancer care, including medical, radiation and surgical oncology services, supportive and holistic therapies, home and community services, and care coordination and support through patient navigation and financial counseling   

“Patients at Saint Vincent will also have access to highly advanced cancer therapies and cancer clinical trials in Erie through collaborations with the Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute quaternary programs at Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Medicine,” he said.

Dr. Clark emphasized that the transition for patients from the Regional Cancer Center to the new Allegheny Health Network Cancer Care Center on the Saint Vincent campus will be seamless. “You only need to look at the recent transition of chemotherapy from the RCC to the Saint Vincent Infusion Center to prove that we are capable of smoothly transitioning patients to a new and improved care setting without inconvenience or interruption,” he said. “In fact, patients who made that transition have consistently reported significantly higher satisfaction rates for the care they receive at Saint Vincent.”