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CHI Saint Joseph Health Launches Affiliation with Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center

Case review by nationally ranked cancer program among the benefits

LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 23, 2019) — CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Centers in Lexington and Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center have launched a formal affiliation to expand access to highly specialized cancer treatments, clinical expertise and research studies for patients in central Kentucky.

“Our cancer care centers have a long history of providing high quality care for patients and we are pleased to enhance that care even further,” said Bruce Tassin, CEO, CHI Saint Joseph Health, and president, Saint Joseph Hospital. “This affiliation will give patients in central Kentucky access to physicians at Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, which is ranked in the top 10 hospitals for cancer care nationally by US News & World Report.”

The affiliation follows a rigorous review process of the care and services provided by CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Centers. Among the benefits are a streamlined referral process and consultation on treatment options with Cleveland Clinic physicians. Oncologists with CHI Saint Joseph Health will present cases to the Cleveland Clinic tumor board, which will provide a consensus opinion to the Lexington physicians to incorporate into the treatment plan.

“Our affiliation with CHI Saint Joseph Health will streamline access to second opinions for patients in central Kentucky,” said Brian Bolwell, M.D., chairman of Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center. “We look forward to collaborating with CHI Saint Joseph Health oncologists to expand the number of patients we can help with advanced treatments and therapies.” 

CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Centers provide a variety of support services, including a social worker at both Lexington locations who are involved with the patient throughout their cancer journey and support groups that meet regularly. The centers will soon add referral coordinators devoted to oncology services. These coordinators at the cancer center can walk patients through referrals and assist with scheduling to make it easier to access vital patient care.

CHI Saint Joseph Health operates two easily accessible cancer care centers in Lexington on Bob-O-Link Drive and Blazer Parkway.

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About CHI Saint Joseph Health

CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 66,000 employees are more than 4,200 salaried physicians and researchers and 16,600 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 11 regional hospitals in northeast Ohio, more than 180 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2018, there were 7.9 million total outpatient visits, 238,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 220,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at and News and resources available at



For More Information:

CHI Saint Joseph Health
Mary Branham, Director, Communications   
P: 859.313.2642
C: 502.229.0940
[email protected]

Cleveland Clinic
Ellie Westerburg, Sr. Manager,
Public & Media Relations
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Publish date: 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019