Written by Phil Cerroni
A diagnosis of cancer often opens a world of difficult choices. One of the first and most important decisions for the new patient is deciding where to go to get quality care. For people living in North Texas, that decision has now become easier with the launch of the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center network.
For the past two years, Baylor medical centers throughout North Texas have been working to achieve the distinction of using the Baylor Sammons Cancer Center name for their oncology programs by meeting or exceeding the stringent criteria established by Baylor Health Care System (BHCS).
“Becoming part of the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center Network is a proud accomplishment for our hospital,” says Cindy Schamp, president, Baylor Medical Center at Irving. “Providing quality patient care is always our goal, and now we’re joining resources across the system to make that care even better.”
Innovative approaches are being tested at facilities in collaboration with doctors working closely with cancer researchers in Dallas to get clinical trials out to patients. This oncology network consists of facilities that hold certifications from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.
Baylor Irving has been recognized by accreditations from the Commission on Cancer and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). In addition, Baylor Irving has received a 3-year accreditation with commendation from the American College of Radiology.
Joining Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas are: the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Irving, Fort Worth, Garland, Grapevine, Plano and Waxahachie.
“We are very excited about growing together to bring the best possible cancer care to the citizens of North Texas and beyond,” said Dr. Alan Miller, director of the Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas and chief of oncology for Baylor Health Care System.
Edward Clifford, MD, clinical director of oncology services, believes that the launch of the new Baylor Sammons Cancer Center network will be a great benefit to the patients, bringing the strength of multiple institutions to bear on specific problems.
“There are so many ways that this can help us to provide better care for our patients,” Clifford said. ”Sharing technology and data, having system-wide consultation and joint services like genetic counseling available, and combining facilities to participate in national multicenter clinical trials—we will be working together, not competing with each other.”
Source: Baylor Medical Center at Irving