UACC signs affiliation agreement with Verde Valley Medical Center and Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare

UACC signs affiliation agreement with Verde Valley Medical Center and Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare

Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC) and the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare – Sedona (CCNAH-Sedona) are elevating the cancer care available in the Verde Valley through an affiliation agreement with The University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC). The affiliation is the only one like it in Central and Northern Arizona and leverages the strengths of these respected and established organizations to expand treatment options for cancer patients throughout the region.

“Verde Valley Medical Center sought the affiliation with The University of Arizona to further enhance the level of care we offer by providing patients access to cutting-edge cancer research and treatments close to home,” said James Bleicher, MD, president and CEO of Verde Valley Medical Center and the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare – Sedona.

“Working with The University of Arizona Cancer Center will provide us with additional resources and specialists as we continue to build a comprehensive state-of-the-art cancer program. It is a win-win for everyone, most importantly the patients,” Dr. Bleicher said.

UACC is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center headquartered in Arizona. Through the affiliation, CCNAH-Sedona patients will have access to leading-edge research trials as well as the expertise of the UACC’s nationally and internationally renowned physician and scientist members.

Together the centers will bring the power of research, a world-renowned medical team and the most current treatment options to regional cancer patients through onsite, phone and telemedicine medical education and consultations. UACC staff will work with CCNAH staff and local physicians to develop multidisciplinary cancer treatment plans geared toward the individual needs of each patient based on best practice guidelines.

“We chose to affiliate with Verde Valley Medical Center and the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare because of the high quality of care they provide and their commitment to being on the cutting edge of cancer treatment,” said David S. Alberts, MD, UACC director. “We are committed to supporting the care and treatment of cancer patients throughout the state and are honored be part of the cancer team at the Cancer Center in Sedona.”

The collaboration helps provide VVMC and CCNAH-Sedona the additional framework needed to implement new programs and services such as partial breast irradiation and high-dose radiation. Additionally, VVMC and CCNAH-Sedona are particularly excited about expanding UACC’s renowned cancer screening, early detection and prevention programs to the Verde Valley.

Established in 1995, CCNAH-Sedona provides radiation services with board-certified oncologists and specialty trained nurses who utilize the most current technologies. Medical oncology services are provided by Arizona Oncology. CCNAH-Sedona is a part of Verde Valley Medical Center, an affiliate of Northern Arizona Healthcare. Visit CCNAH-Sedona for more information, or call 928-204-4160.

March 2, 2012