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Saint Clare's Health System and Hackensack University Medical Center Join Forces to Enhance Cancer Care

August 3, 2009

Extraordinary Cancer Care – Close to Home

Saint Clare’s Health System and Hackensack University Medical Center have announced a far-reaching partnership between their cancer programs that will bring state-of-the-art cancer care to the Saint Clare’s community.

"The John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is a renowned cancer center and one of the largest in the country,” said Leslie D. Hirsch, president and CEO of Saint Clare’s Health System. “Through our affiliation, we can now bring this level of cancer diagnostics, treatment, clinical trials, and cancer management to our patients.”

The John Theurer Cancer Center comprises 14 specialized divisions, featuring teams of experts for each specific type of cancer. Each of the divisions is directed by a physician with significant clinical and research expertise in the type of cancer.

This approach - which brings together a close-knit team of medical, research, nursing, and supportive staff with specialized expertise - translates into more advanced, focused care for patients” states Andrew L. Pecora, M.D. FACP CPE Chairman and Executive Administrative Director of The John Theurer Cancer Center. “Our divisions include: Breast Oncology, Gastrointestinal Oncology, Geriatric Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology, Head and Neck Oncology, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Neuro-Oncology, Skin and Sarcoma, Stem Cell Transplantation, Thoracic Oncology, and Urologic Oncology”.

The 14th division integrates all of the medical center's oncology research into a Division of Research.

A primary benefit of the affiliation is to offer the Saint Clare’s community access to clinical trials that are currently spearheaded by our doctors,” said Robert Garrett, acting CEO of Hackensack University Medical Center. “As a world-class facility and academic medical center, the John Theurer Cancer Center is actively involved in clinical trials that bring research advances directly to patients.”

The John Theurer Cancer Center participates in more than 100 international and national cancer clinical trials that give patients access to promising investigational medications, treatment protocols, and surgical techniques that are often not available at other facilities in New Jersey. Combined, the two health systems will now cover an area that stretches from Hackensack all the way across New Jersey to Pennsylvania.

About Cancer Care at Saint Clare’s

Cancer Care at Saint Clare’s, fully accredited, with commendation, by the The American College of Surgeon's Commission on Cancer, is a comprehensive oncology program offering a full complement of screening, diagnostic, and treatment services. Utilizing the most advanced screening and diagnostic tools, including PET/CT and digital mammography; the most current treatment technologies, including TomoTherapy® Hi-Art, image guided radio therapy, Mammosite, and robotic surgery; as well as the most advanced chemotherapy and access to clinical trials. Coming soon, the program will offer Rapid Arc™ radiotherapy, which attacks tumors in 3D and delivers a highly precise treatment much faster than other technologies.

Saint Clare’s Health System, a member of Catholic Health Initiatives, which has served the healthcare needs of northwestern New Jersey residents since 1895, is the region’s premier provider of community-based healthcare and behavioral health services. For more information, call-1-866-STCLARE (866-782-5273) or visit www.saintclares.org.

About the John Theurer Cancer Center

The John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is New Jersey's largest and most comprehensive center dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, management, research, screenings, and preventive care of patients with all types of cancer. Each year, more people in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area turn to the John Theurer Cancer Center for cancer care than to any other facility in New Jersey. Housed within a 775-bed not-for-profit teaching, tertiary care, and research hospital, the John Theurer Cancer Center provides state-of-the-art technological advances, compassionate care, research innovations, medical expertise, and a full range of after care services that distinguish the John Theurer Cancer Center from other facilities. For more information call 201-996-5900 or go to humccancer.org

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