OVMC Becomes Member of The James Cancer Network at The Ohio State University

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

OVMC administration announced today that the hospital is now a member of The James Cancer Network for medical oncology and radiation oncology services. The James Cancer Network, at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James), will provide clinical and quality oversight of medical oncology and radiation oncology services at The Cancer Center at OVMC. In addition, Phuong Nguyen, MD, an OSUCCC – James radiation oncologist, will see patients at The Cancer Center at OVMC.

This announcement marks the first major service line agreement between Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corp. (OVHS&E), which is the parent company of OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospitals, and Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute since creating an affiliation with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in June. As a member of The James Cancer Network, OVMC will have expanded access to some of the world's leading cancer experts improving the prevention, detection and treatment of those with cancer in the Ohio Valley. . In addition, as part of the affiliation, OVMC will have access to targeted treatments and the latest clinical trials as well as additional opportunities and resources for continuing education for physicians and medical staff.

“This is a great day for the Ohio Valley Medical Center, for the families of the Ohio Valley, and most certainly for The Ohio State University,” said Dr. Michael A. Caligiuri, Director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. “It’s important because it enables both OVMC and Ohio State to achieve our shared vision – developing and delivering the most effective ways to prevent, detect, treat and cure cancers – and doing that close to home so that where you live doesn’t dictate what care you can receive.”

Michael Caruso, president and CEO of OVHS&E, shares Caligiuri’s vision for the positive impact this affiliation will have in the local community.

“This collaboration brings positive news to people in the Ohio Valley. Today, our cancer care team is now affiliated with the best in the country,” said Michael Caruso, president and CEO of OVHS&E. “This means that The Ohio State University has evaluated our cancer program and put their seal of approval on how we treat cancer, making us now part of The James Cancer Network. Now we have world-renowned experts working with our team to prevent, detect, and treat cancer in our local, community hospital setting.”

The Cancer Center at OVMC offers a full spectrum of services for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer and related diseases. Our program includes full-time, board-certified medical oncologists as well as full-time radiation oncologists. In addition, OVMC has board-certified specialists in all related medical disciplines including surgery (with expertise in various surgical subspecialties), pathology, radiology, and internal medicine.

“Our approach to cancer is not just about treatment, but it's also about education and beating cancer for positive outcomes,” said Dr. Sushil Mehrotra, president of the medical and dental staff at OMVC and oncologist with The Cancer Center. “Our affiliation with The James Cancer Network and the addition of Dr. Nguyen strengthens our mission to provide patients with quick and easy access to the best in quality cancer care management in a facility readily located close to home.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care, a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only four centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials. The NCI recently rated Ohio State’s cancer program as “exceptional,” the highest rating given by NCI survey teams. As the cancer program’s 228-bed adult patient-care component, The James is a “Top Hospital” as named by the Leapfrog Group and one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S.News & World Report

Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital are a 340-bed combined organization with more than 1,600 employees providing the area’s only comprehensive orthopedic centers of excellence, behavioral and mental health services, and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River.