“It’s difficult for patients to travel long distances for second opinions, to see a rare cancer specialist or undergo procedures that aren’t found in a community hospital,” said Jessica Croley, MD, medical director for CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care in Lexington.
We decided that finding the right health care affiliate could help us enhance and expand our capabilities in meaningful ways while providing an extra level of convenience and comfort for the communities we serve.
After months of discussions, preparations and review, CHI Saint Joseph Health is proud to announce that we have entered into an affiliation with Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center.
Expert Care Locally
Cleveland Clinic is a national leader in cancer care — it has one of the top 10 cancer programs in the country and is considered one of the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News and World Report.
“Cleveland Clinic has experts who each deal exclusively with one type of cancer,” Dr. Croley said. “When they collaborate on patient cases, they refer to specialists in that exact field of expertise to find the best treatment options.”
This thorough review is something our patients now have access to. When patients see an oncologist at CHI Saint Joseph Health, we consult with the team at Cleveland Clinic on their case. Specialists in breast cancer, brain tumors, sarcomas and other cancers respond to us with advice regarding care and treatment plans.
“This partnership gives us a way to consult with Cleveland Clinic without making patients travel out of the community,” Dr. Croley said. “Patients are still treated in our facilities, so the convenience is there even as they receive expert second opinions.”
Sometimes, patients may require a form of treatment that cannot be provided at CHI Saint Joseph Health, such as targeted radiation treatments, minimally invasive surgical options and experimental treatment through clinical trials. In those cases, we can easily refer patients to Cleveland Clinic for the care they need.